Written by Godfrey AKON

Stakeholders want an urgent policy on TVET

As youth unemployment in Nigeria continues to soar, stakeholders have advocated an urgent formulation of a policy on Technical and Vocational Education, and Training, TVET, to address the challenge.

Speaking at a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Education, in Abuja, the Provost, Business Entrepreneurship Skills and Technical Centre, BEST, Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, noted it was critical to get the policy on TVET developed.

Adesugba expressed confidence that if formulated, the policy would take youths off the streets and ensure they remain on their jobs, urging the ministry to get involved in the dual vocational training partnership to make the subsector more successful.

Earlier, the Project Coordinator, German Dual Vocational Training Partnership with Nigeria, Mr Kehinde Awoyele, who led the delegation of stakeholders to the education ministry, noted some challenges confronting TVET in the country to include inadequate skills among graduates from training institutions, lack of environment to adapt to competence based training and collaborative network between private and public sector.

Awoyele noted that the establishment of the Nigerian-German Dual Vocational Training Partnership Programme has benefited more than 83 Nigerian companies from three zones in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State.

“The programme has also trained over 310 Nigerian trainers by the German experts in four professions such as industrial electronics, industrial mechanic, technical faculty management and office administration,” he said.

In her remarks, the director, Technical and Science Education, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Tina Eyaru, said the policy on TVET was been looked into and had been sent to the National Council on Education, NCE, for approval.

Eyaru commended efforts of the organised private sector and pledged the ministry’s readiness to collaborate to expand the scope of the programme.

 

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