The Federal Government last week Thursday launched the Nigerian Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF).
The initiative seeks to reduce unemployment and unskilled workforce in the country.
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who flagged off the framework in Abuja, said the era where expatriates were engaged to do almost all skilled labour was over.
He said the Federal government would reposition and strategically place technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in proper perspective to ensure that its products are able and available to perform their roles and meet the aspirations of the Nigerian economy.
“It is this skill gap that has helped Make Nigerian graduates non-competitive in the global marketplace, and in order to progress, Nigerians must produce the workforce that is skilled, efficient, highly mobile, adaptable and innovative,” he said.
He said the focus of the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, was job creation and youth empowerment.
“It is the desire of this administration to produce craftsmen, master craftsmen, technicians, technologists and professionals who do not only possess the required skills and competence but also thoroughly know and understanding of the complexities of the scientific and technological world”.
Adamu said in institutionalizing the skills’ qualifications framework, the ministry would prepare and pass the necessary legal framework to the Federal Executive Council for onward transmission to the National Assembly for enactment into law.
The minister also awarded operational licences to some bodies and sector skills councils to kick-start the programme.