Institute proffers solutions to unemployment
TO ensure that the best hands are equipped for employment in Nigeria, an international organisation established to intervene in the economic development and empowerment of Nigerians and Africans, the Institute of Empowerment and Strategy (IES), has pledged to find solutions to unemployment in the country.
Speaking at the inauguration of members of the Board of Directors of IES in Abuja last week, Director-General, Dr. Boniface Afifia-Oru, noted that IES registered on August 12, 2014, by the Corporate Affairs Commission Abuja, an Institute limited by Guarantee without Shares but on Trust, has come on a rescue mission to complement the efforts of the Federal Government to change the tide of impoverishment to empowerment, joblessness to wealth creation and unequal status to strategic position.
Saying, however, that “IES is committed to training and developing experts in skills, technologies and methodologies of imparting knowledge to enhance job performance, development of skills acquisition and to issue certificate of proficiency to trainees”, Afifia-Oru added that as a way out of unemployment, the institute also facilitates skills acquisition, self-reliance in line with international best practices and to train through workshops and seminars.
Afifia-Oru said that IES would obtain and store electronically a comprehensive verifiable data of Nigerians desiring economic empowerment and emancipation in all areas of discipline, especially the unemployed, or underemployed and all those involved or who wish to be involved in any economic activity.
He noted that the institute’s goal is to create two million direct jobs and empowerment of three million small businesses in Nigeria.
It is meant to organize, arrange, hold, promote and sponsor lectures, seminars, symposium, workshops and others for the exchange and dissemination of information in economic empowerment, wealth creation, to micro, small, medium enterprises in all parts of the country and issue certificate of participation, IES, according to Afifia-Oru, is also to collaborate with individuals or corporate entities that have similar objectives of ending unemployment.
According to him, IES aims: “To conduct research and provide information to enhance industrial technology growth of the nation’s promotion of industrial clusters for the development purposes and to publish and disseminate the outcome of such researches”.
Among other objectives of IES, Afifia-Oru noted, however, that the institute aims “to liaise with relevant bodies and agencies to promote the concept of national economic empowerment.
so as to ensure the success of development and intervention at community, regional and national levels”.