NOUN, NGO graduate 95 students in skills acquisition

NOUN, NGO graduate 95 students in skills acquisition
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The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in collaboration with the Human Resource Development and Empowerment Initiative (HRDEI), have graduated 95 students in vocational skills.

A statement by the institution’s Director of Media and Publicity, Malam Ibrahim Sheme made the disclosure on Tuesday in Lagos.

HRDEI is a Kaduna-based skills acquisition non-governmental organisation (NGO).

According to the statement, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abdallah Adamu, said at the graduation that skills acquisition, capacity building and such other intervention programmes are timely mechanisms to address societal challenges.

“At this point in time when unemployment and other societal challenges are threatening the fabric of the society, one can only intervene by putting such palliatives in place for our youths.

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“The skills acquired by the graduands from HRDEI guarantee self-employment that would transform them into agents of job creation rather than job seekers.

“These skills transfer collaboration between HRDEI and NOUN is well positioned and ready to ensure the success of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda of job creation and put food on the table for Nigerians.

“The change mantra of this administration is passionate about creating jobs for the youth and this collaboration is a practical endorsement of the philosophy of social development,’’ it said.

“This is side by side with the impact created this past one year by the wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, under her `A Future Assured’ intervention programme,’’ the said.

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The statement added that the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies and Lifelong Learning of NOUN was also specifically created to train individuals who desired skills acquisition.

According to the statement, the centre offers basic lifelong and vocational skills development and stand alone certificates and diploma courses to enhance the culture of lifelong learning for the unemployed.

It added that it was also for underemployed youths and others who wished to augment their competencies in their various places of work or wish to embark on new career paths.

The statement said that the president’s wife congratulated the graduands and hailed their courage in embracing a new lease of life through skills acquisition.

“I find myself deeply connected to your cause because the services offered by the HRDEI and NOUN are valuable and necessary in our present day Nigeria.

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“To NOUN, I commend you for this collaboration to produce these very laudable results,’’ the statement quoted Buhari.

The statement noted that the graduation was the 15th in the series of the HRDEI and the fourth in its partnership with NOUN.


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