44 institutions including government agencies, private sector and vocational institutions have signed a Grant Agreement with the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education (MTHE) for the World Bank funded Skills Development Fund Project.

Peter Kaindaneh, Assignment Manager for the Skills Development Fund Secretariat said the SDF Project will train youths in Sierra Leone in demand driven skills with the private sector focusing specifically on Tourism, Construction, Mining and Fisheries, Agro processing, Cinematography, etc. Mr. Kaindaneh said they expect youths to pay attention to the training as the goal of the project is to reduce unemployment among youth. National Youth Commission’s Obasanjo Skills College Newton will benefit about two billion Leones from the SDF to train young people in various skills. The Deputy Commissioner Emerson Kamara said this is a big boost to reduce youth unemployment and support to develop the middle level manpower of the country. The extraordinary event was witnessed by the Acting World Bank Country Director  and Task Team Leader on the Project Dr. Abu Kargbo, the PFMU Team Leader Mr. Alpha Sesay and the Commissioner of National Youth Commission Thomas