By Gift Olivia Samuel, The Sight News
ABUJA-Organised Private Sector under the Nigeria-German Dual Vocational Training Partnership Program, on Thursday, called on the Ministry of Education to develop policies to drive Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), to help develop hands-on skills.
This is as they also called for inter-ministerial and inter-governmental collaboration with the private sector, with regards to vocational education and technical training transformation and human resource development.
The project Coordinator, Nigeria-German Dual Vocational Training Partnership Program, Engr. Awoyele Stephen, made this call in Abuja, when he led a delegation of some members of the Permanent Working Group and partners of the program to the Ministry of Education.
He stated that the meeting was necessitated by the need to tackle the numerous challenges slowing down the development of vocational education and training in Nigeria, such as; Inadequate skills among graduates from training institutions, lack of relevant industry as well as lack of collaborative networks between public and private sector stakeholders in charge of vocational training.
According to him, “The major thing why we are here is that, here in Nigeria, we don’t have a TVET policy, we have an education policy no doubt but TVET policy… how do we develop our hands-on skills? There must be a TVET policy”
The Project Coordinator explained that the partnership program,is focused on improving vocational education quality within Nigerian enterprises by a smart contribution of theory and practice, contribution to the employability among the Nigerian youth and hence to poverty reduction as well as contribution to transfer of technical know-how.
While giving his presentation, Stephen explained that Industrial Electronic, Industrial Mechanic, Technical Facility Management and Office Administration are the professions the partnership covers, adding that over 310 Nigeria Trainers have been trained by the German Experts in the four professions.
Furthermore, he stated that the program covers Lagos, Abuja and Abeokuta, and more than 83 Nigeria companies from the three regions have benefitted from the program as well as over 280 apprentices have successfully been trained.
In his words, “We request that what we have done should be inculcated into the TVET policy of what we are doing. The ultimate goal is to develop a policy and we believe that if there is a policy to drive what has been tested it will go a long way”.
Also Speaking, the Vice President, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, stressed that the Education Ministry needs to synergize with organised private sector to work together for the good of the country.
While noting that the organised private sector will take ownership of the process, he tasked the Ministry of Education to take Leadership.
Responding, the Director, Technical and Science Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Tina Eyaru(Mrs), noted that the Industrial Training Fund(ITF), has done a lot of destruction to TVET growth in Nigeria.
She however appreciated the effort of the Permanent Working Group, stressing that the policy is a roadmap which will help to chart a way forward for TVET.
She further said that the Ministry will work together with the PWG to ensure that the policy is created.
Partners in the Nigerian-German Dual Vocational Training Partnership Program includes; Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN),Nigerian German Business Association (NGBA), Ogun Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OGUNCCIMA).
Ancillary partners includes; Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and Industrial Institute for Technology (IIT).