Expert engages youths on post-COVID-19 businesses
A vocational technical education expert in Abia State and Chief Executive Officer, Kiara De-Luke Academy Ltd., Endi Ezengwa, has exposed youths to the likely businesses that will emerge after the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this regard, Ezengwa, who is the Coordinator of the state Education For Employment (E4E) has expanded the fashion-designing/tailoring department of the Multi Skills and Entrepreneurship Development Centre at Umuobiakwa in Obingwa LGA to accommodate more trainees.
The facility was expanded to provide for mass production of COVID-19 Personal Protective Products that include non-medical masks, overall and fabricated water dispensers.
Presently, about 100,000 masks are produced weekly that meet international standard.
Since the inception of the Multi Skills Centre via partnership of the Academy and Logistics De-Luke Industry in collaboration with the state government about four years ago, about 1,200 youths that included graduates have been trained in the centre in various skills namely metal fabrication, electrical fittings/installations, carpentry, welding, furniture making, bricklaying among others.
During a graduation ceremony of a batch of the trainees, the former state Education Commissioner, Prof. Ikechi Mgbeoji, after assessing their products, said as a state policy, graduates of the Centre would be engaged in direct-labour by government in renovation of state schools and other projects.
Stressing that Nigeria’s development is hinged to a large extent on the Vocational Technical Education and ICT, Ezengwa said the trainees underwent both theoretical and practical aspects adding that they are trained and taught by those that know what to do.
He urged governments in the country to patronise locally-made products as a way of boosting their production, saying: “there is now imperative need to revive vocational technical education, as the State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has selected and transformed one school from each of the three senatorial zones at Aba, Umuahia and Ohafia into vocational technical schools.”