His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura has described the coming of the team from the Institute of Technical Education ,Singapore to Nasarawa State as timely and at a time the state needs this type of collaboration.
Gov. Almakura made this known as he welcomed the visiting officials from Singapore at the Government House Lafia, stating that inline with President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision in which he employed all Nigerians to look inwards and find ways of surviving and diversifying the economy as well as getting the youth to partake in you skill acquisition and vocational training instead of them ending up looking for employment they would be employers of labour.
He explained that since 2012 the state government officials had visited the Institute of Technical Education ,Singapore where they were marveled by the level and tools that were being used to teach skills to the youth and since then there has been in collaboration with Singapore Institute, leading to the purchase of 350 million worth of equipment (in 2012) which has been imported and delivered waiting for the officials to come and setup the Nasarawa state Technical Education programme.
Gov. Almakura disclosed that there would be some changes in the setup of the technical school stating that that there would now be three (3) categories of technical education which would be:
1. Primary vocational center, which would take-in those that want to learn vocations which basic skills primary school leavers and secondary school leavers providing skills in carpentry, welding , tailoring etc
2.Technical colleges these are formal technical institutions which would provide the necessary they are equivalent to secondary schools and would provide the those that successful would be admitted into the Nasarawa State Institute of Technical Education
3. Institute of Technical Education which would be a school of higher
learning that would provide specialization for the students providing
departments for them to choose from such as:
a) Electrical- the would learn to handle electrical work
b) Electronics- would learn circuitry that is in the common everyday items like Tvs , Computers, Phones and other household items.
c) Plumbing – they would learn how to handle / install and repair all manner of plumbing works and components
d) Refrigeration and air conditioning- they would learn how to handle/repair/
The Governor made it known that the state government would go further and add two more st that would be of
e) Bio medical technicians - to maintain/ repair hospital machines such as cardiac machines , x-ray machines etc
f) Building technology – to train persons that would supervise building site having that knowhow in terms of civil works, mechanical, and electrical works.
Lastly , Gov. Almakura who lead the team on an inspection of the 25 containers of equipment already supplied acknowledged that some of the equipment in the current technical centers were outdated which was why the new trades and skills where considered and modern equipment brought in to assist in state of the art teaching, but he said they would still be used in the primary vocation centers and Technical colleges for now.
Responding to questions he made it known that the students would get go to the schools for free and upon completion they would be given a kit that would enable them stand on their feet and setup their own workshop upon graduation and become employers of labour, which the state government is looking at admitting 1000 students a year, with hope of turning the youth into future employers of labour.
Speaking on behalf of the visiting officials of the Institute of Technical Education Mr. Kong Chee Seng made it known they were there to see and access what Nasarawa State had on ground and guide towards the take-off of the higher technical education in the state.
Mr. Seng said the students would work on real systems of what they are training for so as to enable the encounter and handle real life situations while training to give them confidence and enable them work quickly when they go out.