…As NGO calls for entrepreneurship development to reduce unemployment***
The Minister of State for Science and Technology, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi on Tuesday urged parents and residents of Karu Local Government Area of Nassarawa State to encourage their children to embrace Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Abdullahi indicated this in a statement signed by Irondi Ifeoma, the ministry’s Director of Press, in Abuja,just as Afroseed, a Non-Governmental Organisation stressed the need for problem solving abilities of young people in Africa by fostering entrepreneurship education.
According to the statement, the minister made the call when members of Mararaba Political Forum, Karu Local Government, Nassarawa State, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, on Tuesday.
“Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are important to national development as they will enhance the quality and future of the youth.
“Technology drives every economy, military operations and almost every area of human endeavors,” it quoted Abdullahi as saying.
According to him, the future and destiny of the world depends on technology.
The minister also appealed to members of the forum to live peacefully with their neighbors and embrace each other as one entity.
He, however, expressed satisfaction with the solidarity, cooperation and harmony existing among the people and hoped it would continue.
Earlier, the Chairman of the delegation, Mr Usman Bazza, had presented an Award of Excellence to the minister in recognition of his appointment and performance in his office
Meanwhile, Mr Agwu Amogu, Executive Director, Afroseed, a Non-Governmental Organisation, has expressed the need for problem solving abilities of young people in Africa by fostering entrepreneurship education.
Amogu made this known in Abuja on Tuesday, at an entrepreneurship education summit of the organisation.
He said that the aim of the summit was to sow a seed for Africa’s peace and prosperity since entrepreneurship cannot be separated from peace and prosperity.
According to him, where people are engaged, conflict reduces drastically.
Also speaking, Dr Dikko Radda, Director General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), said that entrepreneurship was a gateway to peace and prosperity.
He said that more than 200 million Africans were aged 15- 24 years old, with over 60 per cent of them unemployed.
“Since government cannot provide employment for this population, readily available options will be business.
“It is therefore important that government provides incentives since the vehicle for massive job creation is entrepreneurship,”he said.
Radda added that SMEDAN was created for promotion and development of small and medium enterprises for economic development in Nigeria.
In the same vein, Mrs. Nanre Emeje, Director, FCT Secondary Education Board, encouraged Non-Governmental Organisations and companies to partner with the board to ensure that Nigerian youths came out of idleness.
She said that FCT schools were offering 22 entrepreneurship subjects out of 32 that government approved, adding that the subjects were compulsory with each secondary school students expected to offer one out of the 22.