OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has passed a resolution mandating its Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity to interface with the Minister of Labour and Employment and the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) on a skills acquisition centre in Lagos.

The committee is to ascertain the reasons for the delay of the project in Ajeromi/Ifelodun Federal Constituency and ensure its commencement.

The House also mandated the Committees on Appropriations and Legislative Compliance to ensure that the project is included in the 2018 budget proposal.

This followed a motion by Mrs Rita Orji (PDP, Lagos) who noted that the Ajeromi/lfelodun Federal Constituency is densely populated with an adult population of 2.6 million, as captured in the 2006 census exercise and that the entire South West Geopolitical Zone does not have a modern skills acquisition centre like other zones to train people to be self-reliant and independent.

According to her, “the Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige had mandated the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) to undertake the construction of the skills acquisition centers in the South West and in a bid to ensure the construction of a skills acquisition center in Ajeromi/Ifelodun Federal constituency, a parcel of land measuring about 3.4 hectares was provided for the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and approval was given for same by the Hon Minister since year 2017 but the NDE has not complied due to bureaucratic bottlenecks.”

She also informed that providing a skills acquisition centre in the Constituency would reduce the menace of jobless youths commonly referred to as Area Boys.

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