In order for the economy to prosper and create more jobs, the Executive Secretary (ES) of the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Council (LASVEB), Morounke Azeez, said Nigeria must pay attention to vocational and technical education.
Azeez said this during the One Precious Life Academy (OPL) graduation / award ceremony for the Craftsman Empowerment Program (TEP) 2021, in Onikan, Lagos.
The center has graduated 148 male and two female technicians from the five technical colleges in Lagos State, Ado Soba, Agidingbi, Epe, Ikorodu and Ikotun.
In his words: âI am happy that Nigeria, especially Lagos State, is embracing technical and vocational education as it is the backbone of any economy. This is what drives economic growth and without a skilled and skilled workforce there will be no decent society and competent industries that will help sustain and grow the economy, make life easier. of every citizen and provide the infrastructure necessary to grow the economy.
âInitially, we quickly rejected technical and vocational education, while countries like China, Germany and others adopted it. So, now we are getting everything from China while our own young population roams the streets with no jobs or skills to make things.
She added: âAs far as Lagos State is concerned, we understand and have adopted technical and vocational education and therefore the administration of Babajide Sanwo-Olu provides support and we have an increase in vocational education. and the government is doing its part to ensure that our young people are qualified, empowered and also have jobs.
âThe 150 graduates today of the OPL sponsored technical empowerment program are students representing different colleges and some of them have been employed in various technical colleges by some partners and others will be employed. If our technical education students had not been well trained, they would not have hired them, and our partners would not have asked more of them to come and look for a job.
Speaking to The Guardian, Chukwuemeka Okeke, OPL Academy Team Leader, Craftsman Empowerment Program, said: âWe train, improve and connect technicians to employment opportunities. We focus on soft skills because we believe that artisans already have the required technical experience but what they lack is in the area of ââsoft skills and professional productivity.