Olaleye Aluko, Abuja
The National Business and Technical Examination Board has urged the Federal and state governments to address the shortages in technical colleges and teachers in the country, noting that only 21 out of the 102 unity colleges are technical schools.
The NABTEB Registrar, Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, said this in Abuja on Thursday during a conference on technical education themed: The Role of Technical and Vocational Education in the Industrialisation of Nigeria.
The registrar said, “With 25 years of experience in the assessment and certification of technical and vocational education in Nigeria, the board continues to provide valid qualifications to candidates. However, relevant stakeholders need to address the problems of inadequate infrastructure, lack of technical teachers and a skewed number of Federal Science and Technical Colleges.
“Out of the 102 unity secondary schools in the country, only 21, that is 20 per cent, are Federal Science and Technical Colleges. At the state level, most states have only two or three government technical schools. Therefore, it is recommended that the Federal Government bring a policy to encourage all states to establish more vocational schools in all the local government areas.”
The Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka, who was the keynote speaker, said Nigeria’s future was doomed unless youths were empowered with vocational skills.
Represented by his Special Adviser on Political matters, Frank Ibezim, Anwuka said, “Population studies have shown that youths constitute 60 per cent of our population which is more than half. With this demographic index, Nigeria is doomed if we continue to neglect and refuse to empower our youths.”
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