FCTA calls for re-po­si­tion­ing of ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Mu­likatu Mukaila

The per­ma­nent sec­re­tary of the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT), Mr. Chris­tian Chinyeaka Ohaa, has charged stake­hold­ers in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor to evolve strate­gies that would en­gen­der the cul­ture of skill ac­qui­si­tion among youths.

Mr. Ohaa, who gave the charge dur­ing the ad­vo­cacy and sen­si­ti­za­tion fo­rum on In­no­va­tion En­ter­prise In­sti­tu­tions (IELs) yes­ter­day in Abuja, also chal­lenged FCT Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tar­iat and other stake­hold­ers in the ter­ri­tory to do more in the area of stu­dents’ coun­sel­ing to give them the op­por­tu­nity to choose ca­reers in line with the cur­rent labour mar­ket.

“I there­fore chal­lenge this fo­rum to fo­cus on evolv­ing strate­gies that would trans­late into pos­i­tive change in our cur­rent ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices de­liv­ery sys­tem that is char­ac­terised by pro­duc­ing grad­u­ates for white col­lar jobs only.

“The fo­rum should also fo­cus on how to en­gen­der in our youths, the cul­ture of cre­ativ­ity and skill ac­qui­si­tion.

“The ed­u­ca­tion sec­re­tar­iat and other rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers should strive to im­prove on coun­sel­ing ser­vices in or­der for stu­dents to make bet­ter and more ra­tio­nal choices of ca­reers that would fit into the com­pet­i­tive labour mar­ket.

“In this re­gard, I urge you to vig­or­ously drive poli­cies aimed at equipping youths with rel­e­vant skills that will drive di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of the econ­omy.”

The permsec ex­pressed hope that the ex­er­cise would achieve its in­tended pur­pose of sen­si­tiz­ing se­nior sec­ondary school stu­dents across the six area coun­cils of the FCT on the ben­e­fits of in­no­va­tive en­ter­prise in­sti­tu­tions, the im­per­a­tive of skill ac­qui­si­tion for wealth and job cre­ation, among oth­ers.

Ohaa, who praised the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion for in­tro­duc­ing the In­no­va­tive En­ter­prise In­sti­tu­tions (IELs), called on heads of sis­ter agen­cies to sup­port the scheme.

In his wel­come ad­dress, the Act­ing Di­rec­tor of FCT Depart­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, Mr. J. J. Garba, im­plored stake­hold­ers in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor to sen­si­tize the youths on the im­por­tance of IELs.

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