The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) in Ogun State have expressed concern on the state of vocational and technical education across the state, noting that technical skills, being the bedrock of engineering manpower is a catalyst for industrial growth and a magnet for capital inflow.
The Chairman, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Abeokuta branch, Engr. Olanrewaju Apampa, stated this in his address during a courtesy visit to the Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Engr. Noimot Salako – Oyedele, in her Oke-mosan office, Abeokuta.
Apampa who led the team of engineers in the state, said visits to some technical schools in Ogun showed that a lot need to be done so that students would be better trained.
He recommended that the state government needed to create general handyman basic training programmes in Electricity, Plumbing, Heating Ventilation and Air conditioning, expand the pool and technical depth of trainers and establishment of affiliations with national and international certification and regulatory agencies.
“The NSE welcomes the establishment and invigoration of a public works department to handle the routine maintenance and rehabilitation of roads, most of which are in poor condition across the entire state and we also want to draw your attention to the issue of storm-water drainage in Abeokuta metropolis and other townships across the state.
In this wise, we advised that the capacity of governments departments responsible for the regular maintenance of drains, culvert and waterways need to be strengthened and that government public enlightenment efforts on dangers of dumping refuse on waterways need to be followed with appropriate and publicized sanctions for offenders” he added
Apampa , however, congratulated the Deputy Governor on her election and assumption of office as the first Engineer to occupy the office, just as he also commended the new administration led by Prince Dapo Abiodun for quickly recognizing the sorry state of education in the state.
In her response, Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Engr. Noimot Salako- Oyedele, welcomed the team, saying there is no doubt that society of engineers are the bedrock of society.
Salako-Oyedele said that the state government was aware of the bad state of schools and technical / vocational education across the state and is not folding its hands towards ensuring that government impact is felt in few weeks to come, adding that Ogun is seen as one of the states at the forefront in this country and cannot afford to let this be a things of the past.
“We want to make sure that our children in the state get education that is comparative and competitive in this 21st century , so that they can go out in the industry and perform better. We must also ensure that we prepare our youths to be employable and also ensure that those already employed get training and re-training from time to time” she said.
The deputy governor said that the state government was determined to improve the standard of technical / vocational schools in the state, so that the students would be well trained, pointing out that government don’t want a situation where it has to go to neighbouring countries to hire handyman to work in the state.
Highlight of the visit was presentation of award to the Deputy Governor by the members of the Society.
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