Kaduna State Government Partners Open University Skills Development
The Kaduna State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) for the development of skill acquisition and entrepreneurial empowerment in the state.
The pact, signed in collaboration with the Housing Developers Institute (HDI) and the World Bank was recently signed at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House in Kaduna.
A statement made available to Conscience Triumph by NOUN reveals that, the pact would also see indigenous youth of the state trained by the Centre for Educational Technology and Entrepreneurial Development (CETED) of NOUN and absorbed at graduation by Housing Developers Institute, who will also screen the students for admission at CETED, while World Bank will provide workshop materials for the training.
It also added that, “the vision of the state government is to remove idle youths from the streets, get them trained at NOUN and be absorbed by the HDI, which has a monumental project to construct 1,000 affordable housing units in the state.”
Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu, while speaking during the MoU signing, disclosed that the vision and mission of the university centered on providing access for affordable and quality education for Nigerians.
According to him, “The signing of this MoU today is significant, because there are thousands of youth, who left school and have not gained any paid employment. By this scheme, NOUN is going to clear thousands of such youths in Kaduna State off the streets, train them on Housing Technology skills and get them absorbed by our partners in the housing industry, who are handling the construction of about 1000 housing units, which Kaduna State government is about to embark upon. This, therefore, translates into providing thousands of employment opportunities to the youth of Kaduna State.”
Adamu added that skill acquisition empowerment is very important, not only to NOUN as a university, but also to the nation in the present phase of its socio-economic life; noting that, “Self-reliance and self-employment is the way to go in this dispensation.”
He requested the state government to expand the program to accommodate women, especially full-time housewives, so that they may also be economically empowered.
In his response, the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Balarabe Abbas Lawal, said the state government was passionate about youth empowerment, hence the signing of the MoU; saying that, the scheme would open numerous avenues for gainful employment for the youths in the state.
He promised to follow the agreement in the MoU to the latter, while pledging to tender the request of the Vice Chancellor to the governor with optimism that the governor would give a positive thought about as well extending the empowerment scheme to women.
“We know that women are the First Teachers. When they are empowered, they easily transfer that empowerment to their children,” he said.
Speaking earlier, chairman for Housing Developers Institute, Mr. E. Afolayan Olabode, expressed delight and readiness to work with the government of Kaduna State in its bid to positively impact the lives of the youths.