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Ayade inaugurates skill acquisition academy

Ayade inaugurates skill acquisition academy

3/3/2021 10:57:00 AM

Ayade inaugurates skill acquisition academy

The academy is meant to make residents of the state self-employed.

ADVERTISEMENTGovernor Ben Ayade of Cross River on Tuesday inaugurated a construction and fabrication academy, with 500 initial trainees.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the academy will train apprentices on skills such as information and communication technology (ICT), welding and fabrication, tiling and plumbing, among other skills.

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NAN also reports that the academy is meant to make residents of the state self-employed.Speaking during the inauguration ceremony, Mr Ayade said before now it was difficult to find youth from Cross River with self-reliant skills.He said the youth of the state could not continue to rely on their certificates, pointing out that they needed skills to be truly independent and to boost the state’s economy.

“If you go to the oil and gas industry, an experienced welder, who is called a corrosion engineer, earns about 2,000 dollars a month and yet we don’t have Cross River youths learning such skills.“How long will Nigerians continue to get tilers and other skilled artisans from Benin Republic, Togo and other nearby African countries?

“Today (Tuesday) is a turning point for the indigenes of Cross River, so let the youth rise up, take advantage of this academy and be empowered in order to be employers of labour.“Also, the Federal Government must encourage states to build skill acquisition centres that will help in reducing unemployment and curbing migration ” Mr Ayade added.

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