Group to equip 10 million Africans with skills, knowledge

Dr Chidi Okpaluba and MD of Tropical Gate Ltd Apostle Mbaigbo Nnamdi at a media briefing in Lagos

A non-governmental organization, the Centre for African Renaissance, Reformation and Development (CEFARRD), says it will equip 10 million Africans with skills and knowledge that will make them relevant in the 21st century knowledge economy. The theme of its project is, “Every youth a skill project Africa.”

In a statement in Lagos on Friday, the President and Founder of CEFARRD, Dr. Chidi Okpaluba, says he believes there are no useless or worthless beings. 

“All we have are men and women who have no skills or training that will give them decent jobs and good quality life.”

The statement partly reads, “We believe that the human capital of any nation is the most critical and important part of that nation. It is the human capital that can think, create, envision, imagine and bring solutions to problems and when the human capital is neglected, the nation is doomed to a life of poverty. Little wonder we have so much poverty in Africa.

“No skilled human being will be unemployed. The poverty ravaging Africa today is largely due to the fact that its leaders are neglecting to develop its most critical resources and killing each other over natural and physical resources.

“Our oil cannot drill itself, or refine itself. Our oil requires our human capital to be exploited and harnessed.

“So every youth a skill project Africa is aimed at training 10 million youths in the next 10 years on skills and knowledge that will make them relevant in the 21 century and move them out of poverty.

“This is not the same with the much touted skills training all over the country. This is a total man approach to skills training, which starts from mind transformation, inner man change and then skills impartation.

“We are calling on various state governments, local governments and federal government to join hands with us and bring this to our people thereby eliminating poverty in the country.

“Much of the crime today is linked to youth unemployment. Let's get our young minds engaged.”

Okpaluba continued, “Africa is still very backward in all indices of development. Is it human capital development index where we are the lowest almost in the world? Is it poverty clock? Even Nigeria is rated the poverty capital of the world. Nigeria that has about 200 million people has more people living in extreme poverty than India that has over one billion people, among other things

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