N-Power skills acquisition trainees target metal door production contract
Welding and Fabrication trainees under the N-Power Programme in Abia State have urged the state governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu to award them metal door production contracts to prove their mastery of the technology during their skill acquisition training.
They presented the door sample which they claimed conformed with the international specifications to the governor through the state Education Commissioner, Prof Ikechi Mgbeoji at the Multi Skill And Entrepreneurship Development Center Umuobiakwa in Obingwa LGA where they are presently undertaking their nine months practical training after earlier completing three months theory at the nearby Kiara De-Luke Academy for Technical Vocational Education and Training.
The Spokesman of the 20 pioneer Welding/Fabrication Trainees, Mr Eziokwu Nwachukwu, a HND Civil Engineering graduate, said that 20 of them contributed N40,000. 00 to procure the materials they used to fabricate and produce the metal door to prove their capability and capacity to do so.
All together there are 60 pioneer Trainees, 20 each in welding/Fabrication, Carpentry/Joinery and Electrical Installation who had spent three months on theory at Kiara De-Luke Academy and now following it with nine months practicals on the job.
In his remarks, Mgbeoji said the N-Power Programme was also in line with state governor Ikpeazu’s vision of restoring vocational training and dignity of labour.
Chief Executive Officer of Kiara De- Luke Academy Mr Endi Ezengwa while tasking the trainees to excel further during the practical phase of their training and by so doing set enviable record as pioneers said, “we will continue to monitor you closely and those that excel will be offered automatic employment.”
Abia State Coordinator of the National Directorate of Employment NDE, Mrs Buchi Ojei said that the N-Power programme has changed lives positively while disclosing that 300 persons have so far been trained in various skills in the state.
On behalf of the trainees Mr Wisdom Omeonu stressed the importance, if not imperative , for graduates to acquire practical skill after saying, “the present scenario in the polity suggests that it would amount to wasting time acquiring paper degrees where there are few or no direct employment opportunities.”