The management of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has revealed the main reason it is investing massively in the Development of Technical, Vocational education and Training Institutions (TVETs).
The NCDMB said is that the development will help provide platforms for job creation and self-empowerment.
The Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Wabote, also disclosed that the socio-economic growth aspirations of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration are driven by developed skilled technicians who engage youths in productive ventures.
He made the remark at the weekend during the handing over of ultra-modern woodwork and carpentry workshops it renovated and upgraded at the Government Technical College (GTC) Abak, Akwa Ibom State.
A statement, issued to DAILY POST, by the General Manager, Corporate Communications/Zonal Coordination, NCDMB, Engr. Ginah O. Ginah, stressed the need for the provision of high-quality manpower training and development of skills for the teeming youths in the country.
He also explained the reason why the board undertook a study on TVETs in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, and Rivers states is to understand the factors militating against the optimal performance of those institutions.
Wabote, said that the board had completed plans for the execution of a public-private in collaboration with Akwa Ibom state and a specialist modern furniture production firm, owned and managed by an indigene of the Abak community, in which a certain percentage of the proceeds will be given back for the operational maintenance of the facilities in order to gain self-sustenance.
Wabote also commended the Abak community and Akwa Ibom state government for their cooperation in fulfilling the projects, stating that the board’s decision to have earmarked GTC, Abak as one of the flagship beneficiaries of its institutional upgrade program was not in vain.
“I charge the technical institution which is one of the foremost in the region to become a centre of excellence in carpentry/woodwork through the provision of high-quality training to both teachers and students in an affordable, safe, sustainable, and efficient manner. While satisfying the yearnings of the local and international furniture industry as part of efforts to create wealth and diversify the economy while increasing foreign exchange earnings”.
The Executive Secretary lamented the low level of students’ enrolment into TVETs institutions, which is less than one percent compared to the total enrolment in conventional secondary schools, bringing to notice the fact that youths make up more than 50 percent of the nation’s population.
In his remarks, the Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, commended the board for partnering with the state to renovate and upgrade the technical facility to create job opportunities for skilled manpower, which shows patriotism and commitment to the development of the nation.
He asserted that the project was in accordance with the administration’s industrialization policy which aims at taking youths off the streets through efficient skills acquisition and empowerment, and an incubation process of turning these skills into entrepreneurial gains and self-reliance.
The facility was commissioned by the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, and the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote.