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Kano Strengthens Partnership With IDEAS On Skills Acquisition Training

By: MUKHTAR YAHAYA SHEHU

Kano State Government has expressed it’s willingness to strengthen partnership with National Project Coordinating Unit of Innovation Development and Effectiveness in the Acquisition of Skills (IDEAS) on skills acquisition training of students across the state.

Recall that Kano State Government in collaboration with IDEAS project had on 22nd Jan. 2024 conveyed 105 Technical Teachers to Kaduna for a 3-week training workshop aimed at increasing the number of competent and motivated technical teachers.

Receiving the representatives of the project in his office, Kano State Commissioner of Education Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa hinted that as the project is restructuring it’s activities to enhance skills acquisition training, Kano State Government is ready to fully come in and ensure that teachers and students benefit from the new changes.

“During the administration of Engineer Dr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, several institutes were established to offer training for youth and women on various skills acquisition programmes and the trainees were selected from the 44 local government areas of the state.

“These Institutes were fully structured for conducive training atmosphere. So, when you talk about restructuring your project, I think it is the right time for this administration to fully come in since we already have an organized training system,” Doguwa said.

According to him, this partnership would further allows the state to promote peace and stability by providing it’s teaming youth with more employment opportunities to become self reliance.

In a statement signed by Director public enlightenment state ministry for education Balarabe Abdullahi Kiru the Commissioner revealed that the state is having more than 5.2 million students with over 10,000 schools, stressing that if IDEAS could intervene through its training programme, the rate of unemployed youth would highly be decongested.

He further assured the team of the continued government support to reap from the potential benefits of the programme.

Doguwa commended the effort of the world bank project for introducing new innovations geared towards uplifting the capacity of Nigerian on skills acquisition programmes.

The task team leader of the project Dr. Dilip Prajuli said they were in the Commissioner’s office to discuss on issues regarding their plan to restructure the project to achieve better results.

Dr. Dilip announced that the main objective of the IDEAS project is to enhance the capacity of Nigerian skills development to produce most relevant skills for formal and informal sector.

“We have mapped out strategic plans to restructure the project towards ensuring that the number of beneficiaries is increased to achieve optimum results.

He revealed that there are new programmes designed to be introduced to the implementing states and is expected to commence by May, 2024.

IDEAS project has six implementing states in Nigeria which include Abia, Benue, Edo, Ekiti, Gombe and Kano.

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