Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday requested African entrepreneurs to focus attention on skills training to tackle the challenge of graduate unemployment on the continent.
He gave the charge while receiving a delegation of the African Young Entrepreneurs (AYE), led by its President, Summy Francis, at the State House, Abuja.
Mr Osinbajo said there was a knowledge challenge compounded by the dearth of professionals to impart skills’ training to others.
He added that everyone would not become an entrepreneur, thus making it imperative for them to acquire other skills that could enable them to become proficient and possibly even consultants in their new fields.
He said “there is a knowledge challenge’’ and asked; “how do we make people skilled? How can we empower people by making them to be more knowledgeable?’’
The vice president said there was a certain excitement surrounding any discourse involving creative people but added that there was also the need for people who could teach basic and important business skills.
He said “for instance, there is a dearth of policy writing skills, a deficit that can be addressed by training.’’
He then commended AYE for its initiatives to promote the economy of Africa, noting that with such coming from the youth, there was hope for the continent.