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ROLE OF SKILL ACQUISITION PROGRAMS IN THE ECONOMIC GROWTH OF NIGERIA
Successive Administration in Nigeria have been faced with the phenomenon of poverty and unemployment in Nigeria and various attempts have been made to tackle this problem. Lagos State is worst hit with this monster of unemployment and poverty in the state. This research is an attempt to evaluate the various measures put in place to eradicate poverty and the issue of unemployment in Lagos State. This research has X-rayed how skill acquisition was used as a tool for poverty reduction in Lagos State and how skill acquisition has enhanced sustainable development and creation of employment for the teeming population. This research work examined previous skill acquisition programmes put in place in Nigeria and in Lagos in particular and the measures put in place toward its implementation. Data sources came primary and secondary sources, individuals especially by interview method. The Research discovered that the major problem with skill acquisition is the policy implementation and not formulation. The Research recommends that government should establish enough skill acquisition centres in the state and in all the local government areas. There is also the urgent need to introduce vocational schools that will teach useful skills. The Research also recommend that both non-government agencies and wealthy individuals should help to create jobs for the youth because of the poverty level. This is because some beautiful ideas and suggestions from our Universities and Research Institutions are not Implemented or executed in respect to poverty and unemployment reduction. The government should have the political will to carry along the Universities that have severally given good suggestions on how to tackle poverty and unemployment in Nigeria.