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 FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello made this revelation on
Wednesday, when he visited Government Girls’ Secondary School, Abaji.
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
His words: “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 this year 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 assiduously with SAGE in FCT SEB
schools to achieve tremendous results.
Muhammad Hazat Sule, FCAI
Deputy Director / Chief Press Secretary,
Thursday, June 23, 2016.