The President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, VP ICT/Provost ACCI BEST Centre, Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, Director BEST Centre Ms. Victoria Akai, BEST Centre’s Head of Program, Mrs Tinuke Temitope, together with the Chamber’s Dual TVET Program partners, Engr. Stephen Awoyele of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce (AHK), Mr. Kanayo Iwuchukwu of Manufacturer’s Association of Nigeria, Mrs Folusho Samuel, NECA, attended the Technical Workshop on Skills Gaps Assessment in Tertiary Institutions to represent the Organised Private Sector.
The President assured the Federal Ministry of Education of the Chamber’s support, applauded the initiative and enjoined the Federal Ministry of Education, it’s partners and relevant government agencies to ensure implementation of the outcomes of the workshop, which is to jumpstart plans for the skills gap assessment in Tertiary institutions.
The keynote address was issue by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny S.T. Ochono and coordinated by The Director, Tertiary Education Department FME, Mr. Ojo Samuel.
Also 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.