ACCI Urges MDAs, Organizations to imbibe Inclusion
The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called on Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and other Organizations to promote inclusion in the planning and implementation of development projects and programs.
The Director General of the Chamber, Ms Victoria Akai stated this at the opening Ceremony of the Training on Gender and Disability Inclusion in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) organised by ACCI’s Business Entrepreneurship Skills and Technology BEST) Centre in collaboration with The GIZ-SKYE program in Abuja on Tuesday.
“I enjoin you to please think inclusion not only of women and persons with disabilities but inclusion of all concerned in planning and implementation of development projects and programs” she said.
She said the ACCI’s BEST Centre which serves as the training arm of the chamber with the objective of developing the capacities of the business community by running training programmes and activities, has in the past few years collaborated with international organizations, ministries, department and agencies of government, amongst other relevant stakeholders to deliver series of training and programs geared at developing capacities and empowering Nigerians.
Some categories of the training and programs according to the DG includes leadership and management, Business and Entrepreneurship, Gemology, Gender and Disability Inclusion, Hospitality, ICT Vocational skills, Technical and Vocational training.
She told the participants that the Centre is readily opened to collaboration with interested parties and organizations.
“It is worthy to also note that out of 75 entries, the BEST Centre was adjudged to be among the best five chambers of Commerce on Education projects in the world on 13th June, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil” she said.
On Gender and Disability Inclusion, Ms Akai told the gathering that the BEST Centre observed that fewer undertakings are led by more disadvantaged Nigerians such as girls, women and persons with disabilities, and that led to the identification of the existing gap in providing conducive TVET to these target groups.
She also stated that the chamber was mandated to further cascade the training to other TVET institutions and relevant stakeholders in a bid to address and minimize the exclusion of girls, women and persons with disability in TVET.
She further noted that the training demonstrates the realization of the Chamber’s commitment to cascading and empowering relevant stakeholders on the best approaches to ensuring a gender and disability inclusive TVET.
“We acknowledge the consistent support of our partners, the VET Toolbox project and GIZ SKYE(Skills for Youth Employment) program in implementing the program and cascading it to reach more stakeholders” she said.