The Minister of State, Mines, and Steel Development Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah has said that what Nigeria needs now is skills and not certificate for economic development.
Ogah who stated this when he visited Metallurgical Training Institute, Onitsha said that government would continue to pay more attention to job creation through skills training and acquisition.
The Minister who was led round facilities and departments at the Institute by the Acting Director/Chief Executive Mrs. Biakolo-Alisigwe Franca, expressed happiness over the equipment on ground which he said needed to be upgraded to international standard.
The ex-governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Abia state, stated that the ministry had gone 60 percent in getting the legal framework that would establish the institute, saying that Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved the draft which was sent to the National Assembly.
He further said that he would advise the state governors and other agencies to be sending youths to the institute for the training and manpower development.