In order to drastically reduce unemployment in the Federal Capital Territory, the FCT Administration has said that all secondary schools in the Territory will henceforth give special attention to the teaching of entrepreneurial skills to students.
The Minister who was represented at the occasion by FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye restated that inculcating entrepreneurial skills among students would not only make them independent job creators, but employers of labour which will not make them wait for scarce white collar jobs.
Malam Bello reiterated that this would in the long time improve the economic status of the residents as well as stimulates economic growth in general.
In a statement issued by Muhammad Hazat Sule, Deputy Director / Chief Press Secretary on Thursday, June 23, 2016, the Minister said: “we are moving away from an era where people rely solely on white collar jobs to a point where people will set up their businesses and employ others.”
The Minister explained that lack of diversification, is one of the major reasons for economic challenges the country is currently facing and therefore “we must be proactive as we bequeath a very sound system to the next generation.”
According to him,”our economy is what it is today because Nigeria has only depended on oil for its resources. We should move away from that if we must maintain our position amongst the comity of nations.”
The Minister assured that the FCT Administration would fully support Government Girls’ Secondary School in their quest to represent Nigeria in the global finals of Socially Responsible Business (SRB) slated to take place in August 2016 in Philippines.
He commended the students of Government Girls’ Secondary School Abaji for making both the Administration and the entire nation proud by proving their mettle both at the national and international fora, particularly in entrepreneurship exhibition.
The Minister recalled that at the 2016 Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE), National Exhibition and Awards, GGSS came top in the Best Entrepreneurship Project Award, the Best Innovative Project Award, the Best Millennium Development Goals Award, and the Best SAGE Teachers Award, among others.
Speaking earlier, the Director of FCT Secondary Education Board, Hajiya Rakiya Daniya disclosed that the entrepreneurship unit of the Board has over the years worked assiduous with SAGE in FCT SEB schools to achieve tremendous results.