NBTE Promises to Support Kogi on Technical, Vocational Education

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The Executive Secretary of National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Dr. Masa’udu Kazaure, has promised to support to Kogi Government in developing technical and vocational education in the state.

Kazaure gave the assurance at a meeting he held with the Kogi Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, and her team in Lokoja.

Kazaure, who was represented by Mr Suleiman Gwarzo, Director Special Duties, NBTE, said that the Board had discussed with Kogi government on issues affecting technical education at all levels including the accreditation of Kogi technical colleges.

According to Kazaure, Kogi state technical colleges were accredited in 2002, which expired in 2007, and have not been on NBTE database since then.

He, therefore commended Kogi Government, the commissioner and her team and promised to give the necessary support in developing technical and vocational education in Kogi State.

Earlier, in her remarks, the commissioner appealed to the Board to assist Kogi state in promoting technical and vocational education among youths for self-reliance in the state.

Osikoya said that the state government, through the Council, had approved the establishment of additional 17 technical colleges to increase access to technical and vocational education across all the 21 LGAs.

She said that the ministry team was meeting NBTE on the directive of Gov Yahaya Bello, to seek NBTE support on how to make the technical colleges running and effective in building skills and manpower in the state.

“The creation of these technical colleges is to reduce the numbers of youth illiteracy in Kogi state and also encourage students to acquire technical skills.

“The government sees this as a strategy to promote technical education among youths such that students could acquire technical skills for self-reliance.

“Kogi decided to create more formal centers for secondary education so that students will know that after junior studies instead of going to learn skill outside, they can learn it in school,” she said.

The commissioner said that the governor was particularly concerned on how to effectively train science, technical and vocational teachers in the state to achieve the set objectives.

Osikoya, therefore urged individuals, groups, corporate organisations and relevant stakeholders to partner with Kogi government in her quest to developing science, technical and vocational education in the state.

Credit: Daily Trust

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