By Abujah Racheal
Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), retired Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh, has reiterated the urgent need for a well-articulated national skills-driven curriculum for vocational training institutions in Nigeria.
Boroh, also the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Matters, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said the curriculum would be a way of stimulating innovative and creative human capacities among young people.
Boroh said another way to tackle the unemployment situation was ‘’to source alternative platforms of meeting the skill needs of youths.’’
He said the step would strengthen the link between vocational training institutions and the work place and help industry develop occupational standards, work-based verification and continuous assessment of trainees.
Boroh said industry-driven vocational training would enhance the quality of vocational skills to meet the needs of the society.
He said PAP was committed to human capacity development of youths in the Niger Delta to sustainably reintegrate 30,000 ex-agitators captured on the Amnesty programme.
He said programme, which started in 2009, had sponsored beneficiaries in various skill trainings in the areas of education and entrepreneurship.
Boroh listed other areas of training as automobile engineering, auto electrical engineering, manufacturing, auto maintenance, underwater welding, aviation, agriculture, tourism and hospitality, sports, among others.
He said the Amnesty Programme had helped greatly in ensuring peace and stability in the Niger Delta region.
The coordinator added that the Federal Government was consolidating on the achievements of the programme to develop and boost the economy.
He said the agency recently reached out to Izisco Obos Institute of Maritime Studies and Technology, Warri, Delta, to train 20 people as auto electrical technicians.
Boroh said the institute was “the only recognised training institute in Delta that offers courses in City and Guilds-London, from levels 1 to Z, in any profession”.
He explained that “City and Guild is a UK authorised certificate that if you have up to level 3, one can easily undertake a master’s degree in any UK university.
‘’That is one of the opportunities we offer here in Izisco Ogbos Maritime Institute.’’
Izisco Obos Institute of Maritime Studies and Technology is approved by National Board for Technical Education and Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.
All programmes of the institute are approved by the Federal Government and relevant international accrediting bodies, Boroh explained.