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iCreate Africa hosted Africa’s biggest Skills Competition and TVET conference on the 5th of December 2019 at Landmark Center Oniru, Lagos to discuss the various aspects involved in curbing youth unemployment through skills development.

Speaking at the first technical vocational and educational training (TVET) conference were members of the government as well as of the private sector in a bid to encourage both parties to synchronize their efforts into promoting skills, and developing the sector in the Nigerian economy, as a way to curb unemployment in Nigeria.

Hon minister of state for education Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, highlighted the importance of technical and vocational education in the mainstream as well as the challenges of youth unemployment could best be addressed through quality education that guarantees self-reliance.

Key government stakehoders in education graced the event including Hon commissioner Lagos State ministry of wealth creation and employment, ably represented by director employment Iyabo Motilayo Seriki-Bello, DG SMEDAN ably represented by director partnerships Dr. Friday Okpara, hon commissioner of education Lagos State ably represented by director of educational and special programs Mrs Aganga Williams, Permanent secretary Kaduna State ministry of business inovation and technology ably represented by SA to the hon commissioner Mr Uche Enyioha, Mr Sunday Afolami, Lagos regional manager bank of industry, DG ITF ably represented by Mr. Zachariah Piwuma director research and curriculum development.

Prescence from the private sector in supporting this project to rebrand skills was greatly felt as top stakeholders gather to discuss the role of the private sector in promoting skils as well as their testaments to the greatinfluence efforts placed on skills promotion yields. Present at the TVET conference and event were;  Senior technical advisor GIZ SKYE Mr Stephen Agwu, Mr Abubakar Suleiman  MD Sterling Bank plc. , Mr Boris Dolkhani head of marketing and brand communications Robert Bosch limited, Mrs Alero Ayida-Otobo founder Incubation Africa, Andy Nweke MD AGR limited, Mrs Abisola Longe, Ulf Brackmann MD Ueberfrei, Otto Orondaam founder Slum2School, MD Plus TV Mr Kayode and MD TRACE anglophone West Africa Sam Onyemelukwe.

The TVET conference not only involves the interests of the public sector agencies and private organisations who invest in skills development, but also the future generation who need to be heard.

iCreate Africa is constantly seeking new ways to ensure youth empowerment and skill development, and as such established such a platform.