The Nasarawa State government has expressed its readiness to organise a Job Fair for 100 youths in the state who are currently being trained on entrepreneurship and employability skills.
The state’s Deputy Governor, Emmanuel Akabe, made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen during a visit to the venue of the training in Lafia, the state capital.
He expressed confidence that the participants after completing the training would attract employers in the scheduled job fair on November 18th and that, they will be able to start businesses of their own and be employers of labour.
“The job fair is where we are going to bring the employers and employees together. We are hoping and praying that some of them will be able to grab jobs of their own”, he said.
Akabe commended the state’s Human Capital Development office, Oxfam Nigeria, and Poise Graduate Academy for the successful training of the 100 youths on employability and entrepreneurship skills.
He adjudged the training exercise as being successful based on the interactions he had with the participants who were drawn from across the 13 local government areas of the state.
“From my interactions with the organizers and participants, I think we are getting it right. From what I was told, there are about 100 participants who are being trained on various skills. The participants are also determined and committed to improving their knowledge and from my interactions with them, I am satisfied,” he added.
Also speaking, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Abdullahi Sule on Human Capital Development, Habiba Balarebe-Suleiman, said that the training had been successful because organizers had been able to impact 21st-century skills on the participants aimed at making them employable and self-reliant.
“I can comfortably say that we have had a total change and achieved a lot of our expected outcome. So yes, it has been very intense because every day, we do back to back full course training with theory and practical sessions. So it has been quite an amazing experience for them based on the testimonies we get.
“Basically, we tried to give them the skill and knowledge they need so that when eventually they gain employment or start businesses, they will be able to handle whatever they are doing seriously and be more productive in their lines of work,” she added.
One of the participants, Mr Sunusi Abdulsalam, who spoke to our Correspondent, lauded the state government for the training and promised to put the employability and entrepreneurship skill he has learnt into good use.