CHAIRMAN, Ekiti State Board for Technical and Vocational Education (BTVE) Mr. Kayode Babade, has described technical education as the foundation of technological growth of any nation.
Babade, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, said the secret of developed countries like China, Japan and South Korea was having technical education as their basic foundation.
He said towards this end, the administration of Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, invested in technical education to give youths of the state a better future.
“Through technical education we want to eradicate or reduce unemployment among the youth with the hope that it will bring down youth restiveness.
“When there is no youth restiveness, there will be absolute peace in our communities. We must all drop this idea of white – collar jobs and think of what we can do with our brains and our hands,” Babade said.
He said efforts of the Fayemi administration to reposition the neglected technical colleges in the state, for effective technical education had started yielding fruits.
Babade said the state had began making technical colleges attractive to youths.
He said this resulted in increased admission in the five government technical colleges located at Ado-Ekiti, Ikole-Ekiti, Igbara Odo, Ijero, and Otun Ekiti.
The BTVE head said the government planned to rehabilitate all technical colleges in the state.
“We already have the support of the World Bank for three government technical colleges in Ekiti State, the ones at Igbara Odo, Ijero, and Otun Ekiti.
“It was the World Bank support vis a vis Ekiti State Government that renovated GTC, Ado Ekiti to that level,” he said.
Babade said the contract for the fencing of the three selected technical colleges had been awarded by the state government.
“The World Bank will move in for infrastructural development and supply of equipment in the workshops.
“That will start immediately the Coronavirus pandemic is over,” he said. (NAN)
– Feb. 22, 2021 @ 17:54 GMT /