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Nigeria, India to resuscitate over 500 skill centres

Nigeria, India to resuscitate over 500 skill centres

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The  Federal Government is seeking the collaboration of the Indian Government to boost Nigeria’s skill acquisition centres to enhance job creation across the country.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who spoke when he received  the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria,  Abhay Thakur, said the partnership would go a long way in resuscitating the over 500 skill acquisition centres across the country.

Ngige said: “Over 5000 skill acquisition centres are scattered across the country and the resuscitation of these centres would assist the government create more employment and entrepreneurs in the country.”

The Minister urged India to key into the local content capacity programme for mutual benefits – jobs for Nigerians and profits for Indians.

He called for the revival of the labour capacity building programme, an exchange programme between Nigeria and India, which trained a lot of labour officers in Indian labour institutes, as part of technical assistance to Nigeria, which was stopped in 2013.

Ngige urged the Indian Government to protect Nigerians working in India by providing labour protection and ease of doing business for Nigerians living in India.

“Nigeria and India have a lot in common and a robust relationship that has spanned many years in the area of trade, education, labour, foreign Affairs and there is need to further strengthen the bilateral relationship” the Minister added.

The Minister of State Labour and Employment, Professor Stephen Ocheni, solicited continued partnership, especially in consular issues.

Earlier, Thakur commended the government for providing an enabling working environment for Indians to conduct their businesses.

He said India looked forward to training Nigerians in the Indian labour institutes, as well as maximising the use of local content in running their businesses.

The High Commissioner said the two countries have excellent relationship and that India was looking at the possibilities of having a direct flight from Nigeria to India.

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