By Salisu Sani-Idris
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) through the Secondary Education Board (SEB) says it will make entrepreneurship education compulsory in all secondary schools to tackle unemployment.
Chairman of the board, Alhaji Yahaya Mohammed, made this known at the FCT-SEB Entrepreneurship Exhibition and Awards at Cyprian Ekwensi Arts and Culture Centre in Abuja on Thursday.
Mohammed said that entrepreneurship would help tackle unemployment in the country.
“What we are showcasing today is a product of a vision now being put in to practice. It will go a long way in bringing about recurring cases of unemployment and insecurity that we currently have in Nigeria.
“Our target is for a short period from now, our students in FCT should be able to fend for themselves and also when they get into tertiary institutions.
”Those who are from underprivileged homes should be able to fend for themselves and complete their tertiary education; after which they will become employers of labour rather than seeking white collar jobs,” he said.
The chairman disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment under the Trade Test examinations had approved 23 subjects.
He said teachers had been employed for the relevant subjects to ensure that students are taught qualitative entrepreneurship skills preparatory to writing and being certificated in Trade Test one, two and three.
Earlier, the Director of SEB, Mrs Nanre Emeje, said that the board was determined to breed children that would leave school tomorrow and become Chief Executives Officers (CEOs) of companies.
“As a matter of fact, we already have some of them leave our schools about three or four years ago and are already CEOs of companies.
”We want many of them leaving school and going as far as they can with their passion in entrepreneur skills.
”One thing we have also done is to push them further not only in learning the skills but we have been able to encourage them to write Trades one, two and three examinations in our schools,” Emeje said.
She said that the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity had accredited some of the schools and they are writing Trade test one, two and three.
“This is a certificate that is now backing the skills that they have learnt, so this is how far that we have gone.
”Already, we have partnership with some of the skills centres like the Industrial Trust Fund, and some of the CEOs are also offering that we can bring our students so that they can learn more,” she said. (NAN)