Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state says technical and vocational courses should be compulsory in secondary schools across the country.
He stated this at the launch of a skill acquisition centre for secondary school students in Bida.
The skills acquisition centre is the first of its kind specifically for secondary schools in the area.
The centre engages in pottery, tailoring, Vaseline production, cake and soap making among others.
Governor Bello who highlighted the importance of the initiative to economic growth said it will engage beneficiaries in meaningful ventures.
Represented a director in the state’s ministry of education, the governor advocated the establishment of entrepreneurship clubs in schools nationwide.
Other speakers at the event called for the attitudinal reorientation of youths towards entrepreneurship to address the rising cases of unemployment in the country.
They also stressed the need for the review of academic curriculum to be in tune with current realities.
“Catching these students young at this level honestly is the greatest thing anybody can do as far as Nigeria is concerned because the number of those graduating from various institutions and looking for employment opportunities is increasing day by day.”
One of them said.
“Education should be practical.”
Some of the students who have embraced the training are hopeful that it will make them self-reliant when they leave school.
The students also pleaded with the government to provide them with startup capital after their training to enable them utilize the entrepreneurship skill they might have acquired.