29 April 2021 By Aisha Adesanya
A bill for an Act to provide for compulsory teaching of vocational studies in syllabuses of secondary schools in the country and other related matters has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.
The bill which seeks to provide Students with extra skills to deal with the high rate of unemployment in the country is sponsored by member representing Adavi Okehi Federal constituency of Kogi State, Joseph Bello.
Leading the debate the lawmaker explained that the increasing rate of unemployment over the years especially among the youths remains alarming and worrisome adding that twenty one point seven million people are currently unemployed in the country.
Bello noted that the essence of the bill is to mainstream the study of vocational subjects such as Woodworks, Tailoring, Catering, Photography, Videography, Business Studies, Printing and Stenography, Farming and Agriculture, Automobile, ICT, Electrical/Electronic works into the core educational system.
The legislator stressed the need to adopt
this globally proven route as virtually all
thriving economies all over the world are anchored and sustained by small businesses.
He stressed the importance of catching the youths young saying that when they get older, they begin to lose interest in vocational training.
On the issue of funding for these small businesses Bello who said Government and lawmakers were already giving grants expressed optimism that when the bill is signed into law, banks and other private sector players will join and provide special funds to support startups.
The speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila referred the bill to the relevant committee of the house for further legislative action.