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FG worries over lack of competent vocational teachers



The Federal Ministry of Education on Thursday expressed worry over lack of competent teachers and instructional materials for effective handling of Trade subjects in schools.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, disclosed this in Abuja at a National Workshop on “Repositioning Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) through Policy and Legislative Options for National Development’’.

The minister said that the 37 Trade subjects, which were already being offered as compulsory subjects in schools, lacked skilled teachers.

Adamu was represented by Mr Masa’udu Kazaure, the immediate past Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).

The minister commended the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) for creating opportunity to reflect on the road travelled over the past decade and to plan for the journey ahead.

He also commended the context of skill development for the citizenry through sustainable policies and legislation.

“Presently, most of our schools lack competent teachers and instructional materials for effective handling of the 37 Trade subjects already offered as compulsory subjects in Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) since 2013.

“Worst still, the entrepreneurship education courses being offered in many tertiary institutions cannot energise the students’ entrepreneurial spirit and mindset for self-employment.

“It is another giant stride of the Federal Government on TVET in solving massive unemployment problem, diminish rural poverty and empower a larger percentage of the citizens.

“This was approved by the Federal Executive Council for the institutionalisation of a six-level National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF) in Nigeria and its placement in the Scheme of Service.

“The Ministry through NBTE developed 41 (forty-one) National Occupational Standards (NOS) and 95 qualifications covering eight (8) economic sectors of the country.

“Namely: Construction, Hospitality, Education & Care, Power, Service Industry, ICT, Agriculture and Manufacturing,” he said.

Adamu added that the ministry had taken far reaching measures on policy formulation and programme implementation to provide recipe for youths to survive in today’s harsh economic environment.

The minister said this would encourage the youths to be job creators instead of “certificate-carrying job-seekers.”

He called for more interventions in the area of special fund for TVET, just as we have TEFUND for vocational training to move forward in the country.

Adamu also said that the National Council on Education had approved the mandatory inclusion of trade subjects in secondary school curriculum and entrepreneurship education in tertiary education curriculum.

He said that the education system of any country was too strategic and sensitive to be treated like any other sector.

Adamu said, if that was not done; the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2030 would be a mirage if not hinged on solid TVET system.

Also, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Sonny Echono, said the conference would serve as a foundation for TVET development, coordination and effective implementation.

Echono, represented by the Director of Human Resources in the ministry, Mr David Gende, said there was an epic gap between the skilled manpower required and that which was currently available.

“Most of the graduates produced in various Universities of Technology, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education (Technical) and Technical Colleges nationwide do not have specific skills required for the job market (market relevant skills).

“The situation results to having millions of Nigerian graduates that are unemployed.

“This has created a shortfall of adequately skilled educated workforce which is one of the major constraints to the growth and development of our Nation.

“Therefore the present Administration’s emphasis is majored on TVET and skill acquisition is born out of the recognition that TVET is the bedrock of socio-economic growth and development of any nation,” he said.

In the same vein, the Head of Programme, Skills Development for Youth Employment (SKYE), Hans Bruns, said Nigeria was currently facing tremendous challenges in terms of sustainable job creation and productivity.

Bruns noted that the momentum of reform to achieve good results was now hence the need for rapid steps to provide quality vocational education to the high number of young people.

“It is worthy of note that the government of Nigeria has taken important steps in establishing the National Skills Council with the objective to develop skills for the nation through TVET.

“However, challenges are still remaining. Public education providers need to make education and training more relevant to the demand of private sector,” he said.

The Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Folashade Yemi-Esan, called for more synergy between the public and private sector in addressing the issues of unemployment in the country.

Yemi-Esan, represented by the Director of Leadership, Management and Succession Planning, Mrs Margaret Azeez, said the present administration was working towards up-scaling the manpower and well as providing conducive environment to meet the demand of work.

Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, Registrar, National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) called for the empowerment of teachers on technical skills to be able to teach and have best students in the various technical skills.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Federal Ministry of Education and other federal ministries signed a declaration of cooperation in TVET for quality skills that will enhance youth employment in Nigeria

The two-day event will bring together TVET stakeholders from Government, the private sector, and international organisations to identify options and actions for an improved TVET system in Nigeria.

Highlights of the event includes presentations from key players from the private sector, NACCIMA, Ministry of Labour and Productivity, among others (NAN)

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FCC Commends NIHOTOUR For Equitable Training Programs Across Nigeria



Joel Ajayi

Members of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) visiting the National Institute for Hospital and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) at its headquarters in Abuja have commended efforts of the Director General of the Institute, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa at ensuring equitable spread of the Institute’s programs and activities in the six geo-political zones of the country, urging him to consider further spread of its 2022 programs across the states of the federation.

The Commission’s delegation led by the Hon Member of the Commission and Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Professor Imuetiyan Festus, noted that efforts of the Institute in the fair distribution of its programs and activities in the areas of training and youth empowerments in the 2021 budget are quite laudable.

Kangiwa had earlier informed members of the Commission on oversight visit at the headquarters of the Institute that the Institute took cognizant of the need to equitably spread its programs and activities across the six geo-political zones, adding that this explains the presence of the Institute’s training Campuses in the zones and some additional campuses in some of the zones to meet up with high demands of its training services in travel tourism and hospitality sector of the zones.

The DG said the activities of the Federal Character Commission in oversighting the fair and equitable distribution of government programs, projects and activities by MDAs that impact positively on the lives of the Nigerian citizens are quite commendable for the sake of achieving equal representation and share of government’s presence across the country.

He said the Institute has taken note of observations and appeal made by some members of the Commission of having NIHOTOUR’s training programs delivered to their states in the 2022 appropriations.

Honourable members of the Federal Character Commission, led by Head of the Delegation, Professor Imuetiyan Festus were at NIHOOTUR Head office to oversight on activities of the Institute on equitable and fair distribution of its skill acquisition and training services to Nigerian youths and women in the efforts to curb unemployment through job creation in the travel tourism and hospitality industry of the country

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