The Nigeria Opportunities Industrialization Centre (NOIC) is an NGO affiliated to the Opportunities Industrialization Centers International (OIC) based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U. S. A.
The OIC was founded by an American human right activist. Rev, Dr. Leon H. Sullivan and was replication in Nigeria through the efforts of Late Dr. Folorunsho Salawu.
It is registered as a community-based, non-profit, voluntary organization with the vision to improve lives by teaching appropriate and marketable skills that enable disadvantaged young men and women to become self- reliant, economically productive and capable of improving the quality of Life for themselves and their families through job skills, human resources training and small business development.
The Nigeria Opportunities Industrialization Centre (NOIC) was registered with Nigeria’s corporate affairs Commission In 197o. It has its National Secretariat based in Lagos and six training centers located in Lagos, Delta, Ekiti, Edo, Akwa Ibom and Kano. There are plans for NOIC to replicate its Programme in other States of the Federation. Already interest groups have been formed in Kogi, Anambra, Nassarawa and some other States.
Some of the courses being offered by NOIC include: Agriculture, Auto Mechanics, Computer Studies, Electronics, Fashion Design, Hotel and Catering,Secretarial studies/Computer Studies Refrigeration and Air-conditioning, woodwork and Carpentry, welding and Metal Fabrication etc.
This is predicated on the belief that every man or woman should be given a chance to discover himself or herself and develops to full capacity. Each individual has traits, interests, skills and capabilities. Which if recognized and developed, can make him/her productive, self-sustaining and more useful.
The Primary objectives of Nigeria OIC are:
To contribute to national effort in transforming unemployed youths into productive members of the Nigerian labour force
To provide vocational and agricultural skills training for school Leavers especially those without certificates who usually fall outside the training criteria of formal educational institutions and who are consequently unemployed.
To train in a shorter time than the traditional institutions do: with emphasis on 7o% practical and 3o% theory.
To provide training, job placement and follow-up in a cost effective manner:
To adapt the training programmers to meet the challenges of changing technology and current market needs:
To develop in our trainees a positives attitude to self and work:
To provide regular source of dependable, highly motivated and skilled worker for industries and business; and
To encourage entrepreneurship and self-employment among youths by providing for their skills necessary to start small business
The purpose of setting up NOIC are ;
To contribute to the growth of national wealth by training Low level/middle Level manpower who will work in industries.
To promote and encourage the acquisition of skills among Nigeria Youths with a view to generating a pool of indigenous trained human resource sufficient to meet the needs of Nigeria s growing economy.
To reduce the rate of unemployment and criminal tendencies commonest among the youths whose aspirations for higher education are, for one reason or the other, cut short at or below the secondary school Level To achieve this, These young Nigerians are provided attitudinal and marketable skills training that would make them fit into the world of work.
To provide human capacity development courses within a short period since our aspiration is to turn out well-trained and efficient ‘total person. Our training influences the three “H” THE HEAD, to make them knowledgeable: The HEART to make then responsive to societal expectations, and HANDs.
To make them skilled and able individuals.