A panel of discussants have called on stakeholders to look at the possibilities of reviewing Nigeria’s technical schools and upgrading its curriculum to meet current realities.
The panellists were unanimous on this position during the commemoration of the 2023 International Youth Day organised by the Nigerian Youth Parliament (NYP) held at the Destination Hotel Abuja, Nigeria.
They noted that the emerging trends of Artificial Intelligence Technology which has taken over a lot of soft and hard-skill jobs from humans need to be considered by the stakeholders.
The penalist, during the Youth Day activities which ended with a conference with the theme “Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development: Unlocking Potentials, Driving Changes”, emphasized the need to constantly build the capacity of teachers in basic education.
They stressed that it is very important to ensure that great skills are considered as technical skills that will both empower and contribute to the existing efforts to climate change.
Keynote speaker at the occasion, Hon. Olamijuwonlo Alao-Akala, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Youths in Parliament, charged young people to take up the responsibility of grassroots mobilisation and awareness.
He said, “Young people have to identify their electoral wards and units because these are the entry points of politics and all the inclusion we are advocating.
“Platforms like the Nigerian Youth Parliament also have to take responsibility of sensitisation and awareness to their communities on the duties of the legislative arms of government which will bridge understanding gaps of the arm,” he stated.
Guest of honour at the programme and son of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Mr. Seyi Tinubu, presented cheques to the winners of the #NigeriaWeWant Video Challenge competition after announcing the winners at the conference.
Mr. David Ikani, who came first, was rewarded with the sum of One million naira; Imam Malik, the second position, won six hundred and fifty thousand naira while Emmanuel Uzoamaka who won the third position got the sum of Six hundred thousand naira.
Speaker of the Nigerian Youth Parliament, Azeezat Yishawu, appreciated all the partners that supported the programme, especially the International Alert, EU, Leap Africa, Nigeria Youth Futures Fund, Nigerian-German Center for Migration and Development, PeacefulSky Travels and Tours, Bridge Sygerny, and all the special guests, panellist and participants that attended the programme.
Yishawu also pledged that the Nigeria Youth Parliament will be committed in ensuring that the recommendations of the conference are adopted as the resolution of the Parliament and also forward it to the concerned MDAs and stakeholders.