La­gos to en­gage grad­u­ates of tech­ni­cal col­leges in in­fra­struc­ture main­te­nance

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Sun­day Michael Ogwu, La­gos

La­gos State Govern­ment has said that it will be en­gag­ing grad­u­ates of its tech­ni­cal col­leges in what may be called a ‘Main­te­nance Gang’ ini­tia­tive to be un­veiled next month for main­te­nance and ren­o­va­tion works of pub­lic schools across the state.

The State Deputy Gover­nor, Dr. Idiat Olu­ranti Ade­bule, made this known yesterday at the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony of NECA-ITF Tech­ni­cal Skills De­vel­op­ment Project of Stu­dents of Govern­ment Tech­ni­cal Col­lege, Iko­rodu at NECA Au­di­to­rium, Alausa Ikeja.

She said: “the present ad­min­is­tra­tion in the state is se­ri­ously ex­plor­ing all avail­able av­enues to en­cour­age the growth of young en­trepreneurs and as such, has de­cided to en­gage grad­u­ates of its col­leges as against award­ing ren­o­va­tion and main­te­nance works that could be han­dled by these sets of young en­trepreneurs to con­tract­ing firms.”

Ac­cord­ing to Ade­bule, the tech­ni­cal and vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion had pro­duced qual­i­fied com­pe­tent and skilled youth in the state.

She said, “At this point of huge youth un­em­ploy­ment, in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions that could trans­form the econ­omy of the na­tion are im­per­a­tive and tech­ni­cal- vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion is a tool to in­spire the youths to achieve their full po­ten­tial.”

Ade­bule com­mended NECA and ITF for cre­at­ing the plat­form for the grad­u­ates of the state tech­ni­cal col­leges to be com­pe­tently skilled and for giv­ing them ad­e­quate en­trepreneurial train­ings that would make them ac­tu­alise their dreams as en­trepreneurs.

While en­join­ing the grad­uands to make the best of the skills ac­quired by jus­ti­fy­ing the huge re­sources that have been in­vested in them, the deputy gover­nor called for more sup­port from suc­cess­ful en­trepreneurs and busi­ness moguls in bridg­ing the large skills gap de­fi­ciency.

“I there­fore call on peo­ple of good­will, high net worth in­di­vid­u­als, non -gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions to please part­ner with this ad­min­is­tra­tion in ad­dress­ing the prob­lems of youth un­em­ploy­ment, restive­ness and mis­di­rected ag­i­ta­tions,” she stated.

Ade­bule promised that the state govern­ment will con­tinue to work with the pri­vate sec­tor in de­liv­er­ing a ro­bust tech­ni­cal and vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion poised at pro­duc­ing high qual­ity tech­ni­cal skills for the pro­vi­sion of ex­cel­lent ser­vices to La­gos res­i­dents.

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