World Youth Skills Day: Planning Committee Inducted
The office of the Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Youths and Empowerment, in collaboration with Skill Development Centre Project, has inaugurated a central committee ahead of the World Youth Skills Day in Akwa Ibom State, coming up 15 July, 2016.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Skill Development in the state, Rev Marjorie Abasidiong, reminded the central planning committee that skill development is a primary means of enabling young people to make a smooth transition to work. As such, the issue of unemployment is a major concern for both industrialised and developing countries.
She therefore charged the committee to put in place an eventful celebration of the UN Chapter. The UN estimates that the number of unemployed youth globally reached 74.5 million in 2013, the majority of whom live in developing countries. According to the International Labour organization, young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults. One in five youths, or 125 million, are working but live in extreme poverty (on less than US$1/day).
The committee comprises of Pastor Godwin George as the Chairman, other members of the Committee are Mr Utitofon Morgan Ukpong, Mrs (Deaconess) Joy Iniobong, Mr Mbuotidem Obo and Ubong Samuel James.
The World Youth Skills Day was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the importance of acquiring skills as a means to address the challenges of unemployment and under employment, and as a way to achieve better socio-economic conditions for all youth. It holds 15 July every year.