Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, Minister of Women Affairs, has proposed the removal of Fridays from the school curriculum in order for students to engage in skill production.
She made the remarks on Thursday during the Anambra Investment Summit, which was hosted in Anambra state.
Ms. Kennedy-Ohanenye claims that by removing Fridays from the school week, the country would be able to solve the problem of petty crime, drug abuse, and the menace of unemployment among youths.
“I am pleading for us to look into more production of some of these things in our society, especially the necessities like the matchbox, toothpicks, cotton buds, sanitary pads and other items.
“Let us introduce urban development in schools. And if we can think about using Fridays as free days so that our children can start producing things just as they do in China. In China, every young kids get involved in production.
The minister also said she has been able to contact trade unions across the country who are willing to assist in marketing the goods produced in the country.
She said: “I was able to speak with the traders union association and they are ready to partner with this, while when they produce these things they market it within our country”.
“We will not only create jobs and stop the issue of giving handouts to our Nigerians when they are supposed to be eating fats”.
“We will equally curtail the drug intake of our children because they would be more occupied with school and equally do some production which would help them in earning money.
“This would equally curtail the issue of insecurity in our society. If we were hoping for the government to do it all, it would never happen.