The federal government will work more closely with the business sector, particularly in the development of pertinent policies and the administration of skills centres in Nigeria, to successfully close the skills gap in the nation.
At the National Council on Skills meeting yesterday, it was decided to give the Organised Private Sector (OPS) additional roles as a method of bridging the skills gap in the nation.
Based on the Council’s approval, the organised private sector, which is represented by organizations like the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), the National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), and the Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, among others, will be included in NCS activities.
According to a press release from the conference, which was presided over by the Vice President, it was decided to encourage the creation of State Councils on Skills to supplement and replicate national initiatives made to address the skills gap across the nation.
Prof. Osinbajo stated during the Council meeting that it is evident that the private sector has crucial responsibilities to play in revitalizing many of the skills centres throughout the nation because it is better positioned to ascertain the needs
The Vice President emphasized the importance of active collaboration between the public and private sectors in order to create chances for the development of important skills; including digital skills, across a variety of industries.