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Reps To Make Monotechnics Beneficiaries of TETFUND

Written by Pyramid FM Kano

By: IBRAHIM SHEHU

The Deputy Speaker of the house of Representatives Benjamin Kalu, says the 10th Assembly plans to revisit the TETFUND Act with a view to incorporate Monotechnics as beneficiaries of the fund.

Kalu who stated this at the unveiling ceremony of the House Committee on Federal Polytechnics and higher education in Abuja, stated that as a matter of emergency, there is need to prioritize polytechnic education.

He observed that there can be no significant economic growth in any country without adequate investment in education.

“Similarly, no nation can ignore the significant role that education plays in increasing the productive capacity of its citizens towards national development and therefore, investment in education becomes a pivotal element of every strategic government agenda. The need to design periodic programs such as this and many others is one of the relevant strategies to empower and strengthen institutions to provide the requisite skills for manpower development and value to existing labor strength and emerging markets for both private and public sectors.

“A cursory look at the statistics from International Labour Organization (ILO), estimates that about 75 million young people in Nigeria are unemployed, this report does not only represent a massive pool of untapped talent and human capital but it is speculated to account for a significant cause of social unrest and individual despair. It is also alarming that there is a critical skills shortage of requisite manpower in various sectors of the economy including the educational sector growing from a massive brain-drain to the western world.

The Chairman of the committee Mr Gboyega Isiaka, says underfunding has contributed to the dwindling growth in the Education employment sector.

While advocating for major financial shift in the Federal polytechnics across the Country, he pointed out the need for adequate oversight function of the committee, saying its constitutional mandate will be duly carried out with the view to enable the productivity of students upon graduation.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on technical, vocational and entrepreneurial education, Mrs. Abiola Arogundade, unveiled President Bola Tinubu administration’s plans to establish a Nigeria Institute of Vocational Studies and upgrading the infrastructure of secondary and tertiary vocation systems.

This according to her also include developing a national vocational teacher training curriculum as well as initiating programmes, rebranding and restructuring polytechnics as well as developing sectoral capacity development curriculum, among others.

 

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