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Nigerian To Create 1M Jobs For Young Citizens, Pledges VP Shettima

He expressed the nation’s commitment towards promoting global peace, trade and technology transfer with Korea.

Vice President Kashim Shettima has disclosed that Nigeria’s Federal Government has finalised plans to create one million jobs for young Nigerians. 

Shettima, who stated this Monday while playing host to a delegation from the Republic of Korea led by the Special Envoy to the President, H.E. Jang Sungmin, at the State House, Abuja, declared “we want to create one million jobs in the digital world”.

He, therefore, canvassed for collaboration with the Republic of Korea towards achieving the goal of digital training of youths.

He said: “75% of Nigerians are below the age of 35, so we are soliciting for your partnership and support in digital skills training for our young people. 

“India earned $120 billion last year from global outsourcing and we are in a unique position to take advantage of the opportunities in the sector. 

“We need the skills set, we need the technology to drive the process and yours is a technology that we can embrace.”

The Vice President reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to strengthening relations with Republic of Korea especially in promoting trade, technology transfer and maintaining global peace.

According to him: “Nigeria and Korea have a very robust bilateral relationship that is anchored on years of mutual trust and cooperation. A lot of Korean companies are doing business in Nigeria especially in the area of oil and gas. Six of our LNG trains were constructed by Korean companies.

“We are fully committed to a very robust relationship between our nations. We need to learn a lot from Korea especially in the areas of manufacturing and agriculture. You are a success story worthy of emulation by all developing nations.”

He observed that “many years ago in the 50s and 60s, the Korean GDP was at par with many African countries but today, Korea is among the developed nations. This is partly due to the leadership and commitment of the Korean people.”

Shettima further stressed that, “we are willing to partner with you in the area of technology because by 2030, there will be 65% global talent deficit with the US, Russia and Brazil suffering 6 million talent deficit. I believe Nigeria is in a unique position to fill in those talent deficits because ours is a young nation. 

He then assured the Korean Government of the Tinubu administration’s commitment to partner with Korea to strengthen relations with both countries especially balancing the trade deficit between the two countries. 

Commenting on the agenda of the new administration, the Vice President noted that “security and economic development is the focus of our government. 

“The government will make it easier for Korean businesses and other foreign investors to do business in Nigeria. Korea has always supported us in the international fora and we have that obligation to reciprocate by supporting Korean businesses operating in Nigeria.”

He assured the Korean delegation that President Tinubu will honour the invitation of his Korean counterpart to the Africa-Korea summit in 2024. 

According to Shettima, “be rest assured that Nigeria truly appreciates the Republic of Korea support to Nigeria in multilateral institutions, in the UN General Assembly, in our quest for a seat in the security council and in several UN bodies.”

Earlier in his remarks, the Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of Korea (H.E. Yoon Suk Yeol), Mr. Jang Sungmin, who congratulated Nigeria for the successful inauguration of the new government, conveyed special invitation from President Yoon to his Nigerian counterpart, Bola Tinubu, to attend the forthcoming Africa-Korea Summit in South Korea.

He also restated his country’s continuous support for Nigeria across different sectors, noting that Korea’s “collaboration with Nigeria can lead the 4th Industrial Revolution,” maintaining that the country’s “development is akin to Nigeria’s development.” 

Deji Elumoye in Abuja

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