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86 New Technical Schools Approved in Nigeria by FG

The Federal Government says it would develop skill acquisition and developmental programmes for the Nigerian youths through the establishment of vocational schools in Nigeria As part of the transformation agenda in the country. The self-acquired skill by participants would help the youth engage in vocations that will make them self-employed rather than relying solely on white collar jobs,

As a result of its effort, the government recently approved 86 Innovation and Vocational Enterprising Institutions to award National Innovative Diploma (NID) and National Vocational Diploma (NVD) to its participants.

The programmes would put an end to youth restiveness by allowing them acquire skills that would make them instruments of positive change in the nation. This self-acquired skill would help the youth engage in things that will make them self-employed rather than relying solely on white collar jobs, says Education expert, Mrs. Alison Richardson

The Minister of Education, Professor Rukayat Ahmed Rufai, who was represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Dr. Masaud Kazaure, disclosed this at a three-day workshop on “flexible skill development in Nigeria” recently held in some federal polytechnics and technical colleges.

According to the minister, the vocational institutions approved by the government are more than the conventional polytechnics in the country which are just 75 in number, and added that the approval is in compliance with the present administration’s quest to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in the country and as well re-engineer the education sector.

According to Prof. Rukayat, the technical education syllabus has been reviewed by the Federal Government in collaboration with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) with the mindset that those who cannot acquire knowledge formally can have access to vocational training.