The Nigerian Content Development and Control Board (NCDMB) has explained its investment in the rehabilitation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions as the centers provide platforms for job creation and empowerment .
NCDMB Executive Secretary, Simbi Wabote, who revealed this to Akwa Ibom during the handover of the carpentry and carpentry workshops which the Board renovated and upgraded to the State Government at Government Technical College (GTC), Abak , Akwa Ibom State, said the development of skilled technicians is boosting the socio-economic growth aspirations of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and engaging young people in productive enterprises.
Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel who was represented by the State Government Secretary Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem commissioned the facility.
The NCDMB scribe highlighted the need to provide high quality manpower and skills development training for the many young people in the country which is why the Council has undertaken a study on TVET in the Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Rivers states to understand the factors that militate against the optimum. performance of these institutions.
He mentioned that the Council had finalized plans for the implementation of a public-private partnership in collaboration with Akwa Ibom State and a company specializing in the production of modern furniture, owned and managed by an indigenous of the Abak community, in which a certain percentage of the proceeds will be reinvested for the operational maintenance of the facilities in order to achieve self-sufficiency.
He thanked all stakeholders for the zero impact recorded and the hospitality that the Abak community has extended to contractors and staff.
The Executive Secretary denounced the low enrollment rate of students in TVET institutions, which represents less than 1% of the total enrollment in conventional secondary schools.
Noting that young people make up more than 50% of the country’s population, he regretted that the country has yet to fully exploit its potential for economic growth, as many young people face challenges ranging from lack of practical skills, unemployment and illiteracy, among others.
He also challenged the country’s youth to acquire marketable skills and competencies that will position them to overcome the high rate of poverty, social vices, unemployment and underemployment in the country.
He suggested that harnessing and refocusing the creative energies of young people towards productive endeavors through aggressive skills development training in various relevant occupations will promote sustainable development.
In his remarks, the Governor commended the Council for partnering with the State to renovate and modernize the technical facility to create employment opportunities for skilled labor, which exemplifies patriotism and commitment to national development.
He said the project is in line with the administration’s industrialization policy of removing youth from the streets through effective skills acquisition and empowerment, and an incubation process of converting these skills into entrepreneurial gains and autonomy.
Akwa Ibom State Technical Schools Board (ASTEB) Executive Chairman Godwin Udom also said that the cardinal objective of technical schools is to train people in various practical fields, adding that these schools need standard and well-equipped workshops with specialized instructors in different business areas.
The Udom expressed its gratitude to the NCDMB for the project, noting that the project which started on January 27, 2019 was now ready for students to learn modern skills in furniture making and for staff to update their knowledge. and also helps the unemployed in the community. .
GTC Chief Executive Abak on Friday Udoka also expressed his gratitude to the NCDMB for choosing the school for its demonstration of the advancement of technical education. He is committed to ensuring that the facilities are used to the maximum, for the improvement of the knowledge and skills of students and staff.