Private Sector called on FG to develop (TVET) policy to address the employability problem facing youths in the country.
The organized private sector has called on the Federal Government to develop Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) policy to address the employability problem facing youths in the country.
The stakeholders made the call in Abuja on Thursday by a delegation sent to the Ministry of Education, led by Mr. Kehinde Awoyele, Project Coordinator, German Dual Vocational Training Partnership with Nigeria and Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, a representative of the National President of NACCIMA, Iyalode Alaba Lawson MFR. Awoyele noted that putting in place a National Skills Policy would go a long to drive vocational and technical training of the youths. He stressed that the inadequate skills among graduates from training institutions, lack of environment to adapt to competence based training and collaborative network between private and public sector had slowed the growth of the sector.
According to him, due to the challenges hindering the development of vocational education and training, a Permanent Working Group (PWG) was inaugurated to address TVET gaps. “The goal of the PWG is to intensify public private dialogue on vocational training through policy advocacy for private sector involvement in the legal framework of VET. “ The establishment of the Nigerian-German Dual Vocational Training Partnership Programme has benefited more than 83 Nigerian companies from three zones in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State. “The programme has also trained over 310 Nigerian trainers by the German experts in four professions such as industrial electronics, industrial mechanic, technical faculty management and office administration.’’
Awoyele further said that over 28 apprentices had been successfully trained and incorporated into various private organizations; thereby reducing youths in the labor market. He, therefore, called for a platform of engagement to incorporate the government, private sectors and development partners, which will be responsible to jointly oversee the efforts of Nigeria’s vocational training transformation. Also, Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, Provost, Business Entrepreneurship Skills and Technical Centre (BEST), said it was critical to get the policy of TVET attended to, so as to increase qualification and employability of young people while emphasizing the significant impact made by NACCIMA in past 5 years, advocating for the establishment of a policy that will adopt the dual vocational training into our national skill development strategy. Adesugba stated further that the dual vocational training partnership was a test run, which had yielded significant result; stressing that the Ministry of Education involvement would drive success in the sector. He noted that with the policy put in place, it would help take-off youths from the street and ensure they remain on the job.
Responding, Mrs Tina Eyaru, Director Technical and Science, Ministry of Education, lamented the shortcomings created by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to the growth of TVET in the country. She said that ITF had failed in its duties as an organization to effectively train the youth. Eyaru, who commended the efforts of the organised private sector, pledged the ministry’s readiness to collaborate to expand the scope of the programme.
She added that the policy on TVET was been looked into as it had been sent to the National Council on Education (NCE) for onward approval. Mr Sonny Echono, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said the ministry would be actively involved with the private sector to erase the notion that Nigerian youths are unemployable. Echono, who was represented by the Director of ICT, Mr Ifegwu Oji, noted skill development is multidisciplinary and hence required collaborations to remedy the problems of employability.
He, therefore, pledged the ministry’s commitment to synergise with private sectors to develop the TVET policy.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the group is made up of partners from the Abuja Chamber of Commerce (ACCI) and Lagos Chamber of Commerce (LCCC). Others are Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN) and Ogun Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OGUNCCIMA). TVET is education and training which provides knowledge and skills for employment. It uses formal, non-formal and informal learning. It is also crucial vehicle for social equity, inclusion and sustainable development. (NAN)