LASTVEB hinges economic growth on technical, vocational education
For the economy to thrive and create more jobs, the Executive Secretary (ES) of the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, (LASVEB), Morounke Azeez, has said Nigeria must pay attention to vocational and technical education.
Azeez said this during One Precious Life (OPL) Academy’s graduation/award ceremony for 2021 Artisan Empowerment Programme (TEP), in Onikan, Lagos.
The centre graduated 148 male and two female technicians across the five technical colleges in Lagos State, Ado Soba, Agidingbi, Epe, Ikorodu and Ikotun.
In her words: “I am pleased that Nigeria, especially Lagos State is embracing technical and vocational education because that is the backbone of any economy. It is what drives economic growth and without competent and skilled manpower, there will not be decent society and competent industries that will help to support and grow the economy, make life easy for every citizen and provide the necessary infrastructure that makes the economy thrive.
“Initially, we were quick to dismiss technical and vocational education, whereas places like China, Germany and others embraced it. So, we now get everything from China while our own young population roams the streets without jobs and skills to create things.
She added: “When it comes to Lagos State, we understand and have embraced technical and vocational education and so, the administration of Babajide Sanwo-Olu is providing support and we are having an increase in vocational education and the government is doing its part to make sure that our youths are skilled, empowered and have employment as well.
“The 150 that are graduating today in terms of the technical empowerment programme sponsored by OPL are students representing different colleges and some of them have been employed into various technical colleges by some partners and more will be employed. If our technical education students had not been well trained, they would not have employed them, and our partners would not have asked for more of them to come for employment.”
Speaking with The Guardian, OPL Academy’s Team Lead, Artisans Empowerment Programme, Chukwuemeka Okeke, said: “We train, upscale and connect technicians to job opportunities. We focus on soft skills because we believe that the artisans already have the requisite technical experience but what they lack is in the area of soft skills and professional productivity.”