By Frank Ikpefan, Abuja
The Managing Director, Skill G Nigeria Ltd, Prof. Gregory Ibe, has explained why the firm decided to invest in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
In an interview after inspecting the firm’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and artificial intelligence centre in Abuja, Ibe said the firm was driven by the tradition of ensuring that skill-based education returns to Nigeria’s education system.
Ibe lamented that the high premium placed on technical and practical education between 1960s and 1970s by past governments was abandoned at a time the rest of the world upped their emphasis on skill-based education.
“Time also was when the tradition was totally abandoned even when the need for it heightened and our education system dropped into a state of poor hope for productivity, impact and relevance to the society.
“After that trend when technical colleges were commonplace, we had a disheartening harvest of paper qualified educated persons who never had the opportunity of skilled training.
“It was at such point in the education history of this great country that Skill G came to the rescue of filling a gap that needed not exist,” he said.
Ibe said for about 29 years, the company had championed the sustenance of technical education and skill based curriculum.
He said the centre would advance STEM education in schools.
“The basic aim is to support all educational institutions in Nigeria involved with our programmes to deepen their knowledge of design, manufacturing, assemblage and training of technical backstopping of all equipment in the institutions,” he said.
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