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LASTVEB harps on importance of technical, vocational education

By Eniola Daniel
26 October 2021   |   12:49 am
The Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASVEB), Morounke Azeez, has said that Nigeria must pay attention to vocational and technical education.

The Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASVEB), Morounke Azeez, has said that Nigeria must pay attention to vocational and technical education.

This, according to her, would make the economy of the country thrive and more jobs created. Azeez said this during One Precious Life (OPL) Academy’s graduation/award ceremony for the 2021 Artisan Empowerment Programme (TEP) in Onikan, Lagos.

She said: “I am pleased that Nigeria, especially Lagos State, is embracing technical and vocational education because they are the backbone of any economy. They are what drive the economic growth and, without competent and skilled manpower, there will no be decent society, competent and able industries.

“The 150 that are graduating today in term of technical empowerment programme sponsored by OPL are student representing different colleges and some of them have been employed into various technical colleges by some partners and more will be employed so, if our technical education students had not been well trained, they would not have employed them, and partner would not have asked for more of them to come for employment.

Speaking on the number of male to females who graduated from the programme, she said: “it’s a coincidence that only two females are among the graduands, but it’s a reflection in terms of technical and vocational in our society today. We have found that there are more men than women for instance, in the construction sector because there it’s a traditional belief that construction work is for men, the same way you find more women in the fashion sector and in catering so, we have been trying with our partners to change that orientation and very soon, we will create awareness for young girls to operate in the construction works because it’s lucrative. The value chain of construction is wide.

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. On the programme, he said: “The programme runs for three weeks and, aside from other programmes we are doing for the Lagos State government, we have trained over 400 graduates since 2019 for the artisans’ employment programme.

Speaking on after training engagement, he said: “what we do is that we get opportunities to place the best graduating student in the class, we connect graduates to job opportunity in the construction space with our employment partners and mentoring.

“We will keep training and upscaling them and connect them to job opportunities.

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