By Kenneth Udeh, Abuja
Caused by the rising trend of unemployment in the country, a group; the Promotion of Human Aid and Community Development in Africa (PHACODA) has concluded plans to provide young people in the 36 states of the Federation with vocational and craft skills training.
Starting with 25 courses out of 44 available, PHACODA, a non-governmental organization (NGO) registered in Nigeria, revealed that its empowerment initiative has been developed to accommodate a minimum of two million five hundred thousand (2,500,000) participants in s engage in strategic activities. training enabling them to achieve the objectives they have set themselves.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the program’s launch in Abuja on Saturday, its director, Mr. Chidiomimi Angels, further revealed that he has developed a data system that will act as an umbrella for all in the age bracket of 15 to 35 years in all 36 states of the country.
Emphasizing the benefits of the initiative, Angels pointed out that the program will not only help restore and preserve the dignity of beneficiaries, but will also help reduce poverty.
Giving a statistical analysis of Nigeria’s youthful population, Chidiomimi added that the number of people within the labor force who were unemployed or underemployed fell from 13.6 million and 17.7 million respectively in the second quarter of 2017 to 15.9 million and 18 million respectively in the third quarter. of 2017.
“In our 12 years of experience, we have strived to build a workplace based on the values of inclusiveness, partnership and continuous growth. Our organization is committed to contributing to building a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria by creating a sustainable lifestyle of learning skills/trades for all young people.
“The population of young people (15-35 years old) in the country was estimated at 64.1 million, with women constituting 51.6%, while that of young people (18-35 years old) was 52.2 million, women constituting 52.8%, 69% of the total youth are in rural areas while 31% are located in urban areas.
“The objective of the program is to create awareness and sensitize young people to the importance of acquiring skills which, in turn, will give them job security and also make them self-sufficient,” said Mr. Angel.
According to him the 25 courses available are; Photography, Graphic design, Styling, Hairdressing, Nail tech, Makeup, shoemaking, Carpentry/cabinetmaking, Culinary, Bakery and Pastry, Video production, Automotive mechanics, Sound engineering, Music production, Barber, Computer engineering, Skin care, Telephone engineering , Welding/Fabrication, Electrical Engineering, Paint Production, Architectural Design, Interior Design and Costume Design, Special Effects. He added that participants will undergo an intensive one-year theoretical training period at diploma level, practical training and business experience.
Angel also said that upon completion of the program, interns will be assessed and certified by the Federal Department of Labor and Employment. He called on interested candidates to register at edu.phacoda.com and list the preferred course in the list of courses.