…promises to train 2000 more before December
The Ogun State Government through its Technical and Vocational Education Board has released 500 certified and well trained artisans, technicians and craftsmen into the society to reduce the shortage of skilled man power with a promise to train 2000 more before the year runs out.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Technical Education, Prof. Joseph Odemuyiwa who made this known at the Grand Finale of the week long skills acquisition program organized to celebrate the year 2021 World Youth Skills Day held at the Ogun TechHUB, Kobape road, Abeokuta revealed that the beneficiaries have been given intensive training on both Technical and Vocational skills.
The Special Adviser said the Board had earlier consulted the industries in the State to ask for their specific needs before training the participants in line with the industry’s requirements assuring that these beneficiaries would be easily absorbed by the industries.
“We trained the participants in 8 different Technical and Vocational skills according to their choice and these beneficiaries cut across the entire State”, Prof. Odemuyiwa disclosed.
In his address, the Commissioner for Youth and Sport, Dr. Damilare Kehinde congratulated the beneficiaries for the opportunity urging them to put to use all that they had been trained on.
The number one youth in the State who enjoined all participants to embrace the shift from educational certification to hands-on technical know-how said any skill acquired is a life changing opportunity added that the more you practice the skill, the better you become as no skill learnt can ever be too much.
His counterpart from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Olu-Ola Aikulola assured that her Ministry will continue to collaborate with Vocational and Technical Board to engender and create robust partnership which would increase skill acquisition and build self confidence calling on youths across the State to position themselves for opportunities as the State is the industrial capital of the country with enormous advantage to harness.
Speaking, the Chairman, Ogun State Youth Council of Nigeria, Comrade Abdul-Jabal Ayelaagbe said the way to go for us as a nation is skill acquisition imploring youths to put the same zeal they put in academics into choice skill for the greatness and development of the nation.
On behalf of the beneficiaries, Messrs Saliu Ayodele of Solar Energy department, Balogun Joseph of Electrical Electronics department and Mrs. Funmilola Akindele of Catering department appreciated the Government for the training program affirming that they have benefitted immensely from the training.
The beneficiaries unanimously call on government to sustain trainings of this nature as it would continue to sharpen their skills for better productivity and make them useful to themselves and the society at large with a plea to government for empowerment in the area of working tools needed.
Highlight of the event was the distribution of certificates to the participants and the practical demonstration of the skills learnt.