The Secondary Education Board (SEB) of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has made entrepreneurship education mandatory in all secondary schools in the nation’s capital.
Alhaji Yahaya Musa Mohammed, the Chairman of the Board, stated that entrepreneurship will aid in the reduction of unemployment in the country.
He said this at the FCT-SEB Entrepreneurship Exhibition and Awards on Thursday at the Cyprian Ekwensi Arts and Culture Centre in Area 10, Abuja.
According to him ; “What we are showcasing today is a product of a vision now being put in to practice and it will go a long way in bringing about recurring cases of unemployment and insecurity that we have currently in Nigeria.
“Our target is for a short period from now, our students in FCT should be able to fend for themselves and also, when they get into tertiary institutions, especially those who are from underprivileged homes should be able to fend for themselves and complete their tertiary education; after which they will become employers of labour rather than seeking for white collar jobs,” he said.
While adding that 23 subjects have been approved by the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment under the Trade Test examinations.
Muhammad also said teachers have been employed in the relevant subjects to ensure that students are taught qualitative entrepreneurship skills preparatory to writing and being certificated in Trade Test 1, 2 and 3.
Also speaking at the event, the Director of the SEB, Mrs Nanre Emeje, said the board was determined to breed children that will schools tomorrow and become Chief Executives Officers (CEOs) of companies.
Her words; “As a matter of fact, we already have some of them leave our a school about three or four years ago and are already CEOs of companies, so we want many of them leaving school and going as far they can with their passion in entrepreneur skills.
“One thing we have also done is to push them further not only in learning the skills but we have been able to encourage them to write Trades one, two and three examinations in our schools.
“We have Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity who have come in and accredited some of our schools and now we are writing Trades one, two and three in our schools.
“This is a certificate that is now backing the skills that they have learnt, so this is how far that we have gone and already we have partnership with some of these skills centres like the Industrial Trust Fund (ITF), we have partnership with them and some of the CEOs are also offering that we could bring our students so that they can learn more,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Director, Human Resources Management, Mal. Bashir Muhammad,who represented the Permanent Secretary of FCTA, Mr. Olusade Adesola, said the FCT Administration was giving maximum attention to entrepreneurship education aimed at filling the gap between self-employment and seeking white collar jobs.