OSINBAJO ADVOCATES VOCATIONAL CENTRES ACROSS NIGERIA
Ilorin, Nigeria. Nov. 22, 2017 (AltAfrika)-Nigeria Vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has advocated the establishment of technical and vocational centres tailored around “aggressive talents of Nigerian youths in trading and commerce “as well as existing technical needs of the country.
The vice president made the call while commissioning International Vocational Technical and Entrepreneurship College (IVTEC) in Ajase Ipo, Kwara state on Wednesday.
Osinbajo who recommended the curriculum of the college as a model to be replicated across the country, given its vision of raising a new level of artisans with national and international certification and relevance, commended Gov Abdulfatah Ahmed for his vision and commitment to empowering the youths.
The College, according to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, was built at a cost of N3.2 billion over a period of five-years, while an additional N13 billion would be needed to cover its expansion in the next five years. Gov Ahmed said the College has affiliations with the City and Guild of London, Alfred State College, and will prepare students for the City and Guilds of London qualification, National Business and Technical Education Board (NABTEB) certification and other vocation-specific qualifications.
The Vice President at the event condemned the current dependence on imported skilled artisans from neighbouring West African countries to undertake artisanal works in the country to the detriment of a high number of talented Nigerian youths with aggressive mind to succeed in trade, commerce and entrepreneurship.
While admitting that Nigeria had, before now, lacked technical centres tailored around existing talents of Nigerian youth and the needs of the country, Osinbajo promised that given what he had seen at IVTEC, the federal government would see to its replication across states in the country, adding that the vision for establishing the college tallies with the agenda of the Buhari administration of a Nigeria that produces all that her citizens would consume.
Osinbajo, who described the IVTEC as one of the major important projects any government could undertake, however, said that Nigeria needed an industrial base to maximise its potential and talents of the youth for optimal local production.
He expressed delight that the college was tailored around exact needs of the society, particularly with partnership with notable international organizations like the City & Guilds, London, Alfred State college if technology, US, University of Wolverhampton and Praxis Atlantis among others.
“The vision of the college to give right type of skill and international certificate that will enable graduates to work in any part of the world is commendable. The partnership with international organizations will also make graduates saleable to the benefit of the country”, he said.
Earlier, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed had explained that the vision to establish the College was to equip youths with skills for self-reliance, tackle unemployment, and ease access to vocational training of international standard for students from a variety of skills and educational backgrounds.
The governor who lamented the absence of such centres in Nigeria, pointing out that other nations of the world are using the platform to address youth challenges, said
“indeed, we are already partnering with the World Bank to train 17,000 youths identified as vulnerable in the state, starting with an initial 80 students.”