Vice-chairman insists on Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa as official languages

Vice-chairman insists on Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa as official languages

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, said two bills are underway and could soon be tabled in the House: the National Apprenticeship Bill and the Bill to allow more national languages ​​other than English to be used as Nigeria’s lingua franca. suggested that there is a sex. .

These bills aim to give a legal framework to the idea of ​​creating more skills and jobs for unskilled young people. Kalu mulled over the idea while meeting with the management team of Buildup Integrated Services (Buildup Africa), led by Chibuike Aguyen, chief executive officer, during a courtesy visit over the weekend.

According to a statement by Chief Press Secretary Levinas Nwabugiogu, the Vice Speaker lamented the huge number of unskilled youths in Nigeria. He said that the apprenticeship system, which is currently practiced mainly in the South-East as ‘Igba Boi’ (training in a specific skill or trade for an agreed number of years and then being settled by an employer), will be institutionalized through legislative intervention. He said that it would be regulated. .

He said the idea was in line with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s “New Hope” agenda, which is committed to creating more employment opportunities for the people, especially the youth.

However, while the Vice-Chairman praised the attainment of educational certificates, he said it was not enough without the corresponding skills. He noted that countries such as Germany and China place less emphasis on certificates, saying these countries are influencing the world with more practical skills.

In response to the technological efforts by Buildup Integrated Services to encourage apprenticeship and facilitate skill acquisition, Mr. Kalu made the three major languages ​​of Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba official languages ​​to encourage apprenticeship. He said that efforts are being made to do so.

He reasoned that many young people communicate better in their native language when learning skills than in English, the country’s only official language.

Mr. Carew praised the technology and pledged support for the effort. He pledged to sponsor 3,000 young people across the federation in the first phase of an apprenticeship scheme supported by Buildup Integrated Services in various areas of skill acquisition.

He said: “I would like to thank you for your contribution to the development of skills training, apprenticeships and entrepreneurship in Nigeria and across the African continent.

“Your commitment to skills development and entrepreneurship aligns with our country’s aspirations for economic growth, job creation and youth empowerment. Your organization is committed to this timely and nationally important national apprenticeship scheme. I praise you.

“In the 10th House of Representatives, we will base our legislative efforts on the core principles of participatory governance. We will not only support the development of entrepreneurship, but also promote commerce and support economic growth. In this light, I endorse the call to support the bill to institutionalize the newly designed National Apprenticeship System.”

Mr. Aguyen began his presentation by requesting the Deputy Speaker’s assistance in drafting a legislative framework to institutionalize dual apprenticeship in Nigeria.


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