By Sylvester Thompson
Abuja, April 20, 2021(NAN)The National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM) is focusing on Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET), in order to build local content capacity and create sustainable wealth.
Prof Okechukwu Ukwuoma, the Director-General of NACETEM, disclosed this in his address on Tuesday in Ibadan at a two-day national workshop on Redirecting Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET).
Ukwuoma stressed that the primary objective of TVET was to assist the federal and state education authorities in their effort to revitalise, reform and expand the provision of skills, vocations, science and technology.
He said this would help to meet the nation‘s present and future socio-economic needs.
“Technical and vocational education is that aspect of education which leads to the acquisition of practical and applied skills as well as basic scientific knowledge.
“NACETEM considers it imperative to beam its searchlight on technical and vocational education with a view to equipping the country’s teeming youth with the necessary skills to help them overcome unemployment,” he said.
Ukwuoma noted that the TVET national workshop was a conscious step toward stemming joblessness, unemployment, restiveness, among other vices which hinder growth and development of a nation.
According to him, it is time to look inwards and open the eyes of the nation’s populace, particularly the youth, to the endless opportunities in technical and vocational activities.
He said that the workshop would look at issues such as developing industry-ready technically-skilled manpower for sustainable industrial development.
The D-G also said that the workshop would consider redirecting technical and vocational curriculum and content optimisation in tangent with the global trends, among others.
Mr Olasunkanmi Olaleye, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, in his keynote address said that Nigeria must understand that escape from poverty was predicated on investment in science and technology education.
“Analysis of technology-advanced economies shows that at each level of the economy, science and technology provide the engine for economic growth.
“The need for countries with the intention to grow, to invest significantly in science and technology cannot be over-emphasised,” he said.
Olaleye further said that this could be achieved by developing the talent and the human capacity required to compete in a today’s global world.
NACETEM moves to build local content capacity through training
By Sylvester Thompson