The Federal Government of Nigeria has indicated interest to partner Concept Amadeus Limited in changing the phase of fish farming through the training of Nigerian youths on commercial fishing, ship and vessel building, geared towards job creation in Nigeria.
This was contained in a statement by the Honourable Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN, during a meeting with the Greek nationals in Abuja, facilitated by Concept Amadeus Limited.
Leader of the delegation, Prince Patrick Osobase, who was at the Minister’s office in company of the foreigners said the technical partners is in charge of training the youths on the capacity building project.
The Minister of State while responding said the Federal government would be interested to collaborate with the company on the project for the benefit of Nigerians, as long as the terms of the project would be acceptable to the government.
“The Federal Government (FG) has to know in clear terms what the obligations of government entail, the categories of people to be trained and if the use of government’s skills acquisition centres would be required”, he stated.
He however noted that the interest of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment in the project is the skills acquisition component
“FG has decided that the best way to lift people out of poverty is not only to give them letters of employment but to provide them with skills to make them entrepreneurs”, he said.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Prince Patrick Osobase told the minister that his team was in the Ministry to seek its cooperation on the project, which is aimed at providing a platform for Nigerians to be entrepreneurs and businessmen.
Osobase disclosed that the company intends to train Nigerian youths on the following: commercial fishing, ship-building, vessel-construction and investment in warehouses.
Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, stated that the President’s passion about employment, and the company’s readiness to work with the Ministry was paramount in the change agenda.
“ships and vessel will be built in Nigeria. Nigerians will be trained in the country on commercial fishing and this will give the country larger opportunities to engage the citizens, especially the youths, in modern ways of fishing that can take them out of unemployment
“Mr. President has launched the project as one of the arms of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP). It is a nationally accepted project and the company is ready to work with the Ministry to get the Nigerian youths out of unemployment”, he added.