Ekiti govt begins revival of technical college education

Ekiti State Government has commenced the revival of its technical college of education to ensure vocational training and skill acquisition among youths in the state.

The move has witnessed the installation of modern equipment in one of the colleges located in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, while four other colleges are already lined up for total turn-around.

The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) correspondent, who visited the college in Ado-Ekiti, observed that some of the equipment was installed in the Ceramic, Carpentry, Shoemaking, leather, vehicle body building, welding and garment making workshops.

The Chairman, Ekiti State Board for Technical and Vocational Education, Mr Kayode Babade, told NAN that the move was to encourage skill acquisition and make the youths self-reliant for economic development.

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Babade said that his team had visited similar colleges at Igbara-odo, Otun and Ijero, while the one in Ikole would be visited on Thursday.

He explained that the visit would ascertain the state of the colleges and identify methods to bring them back to life in line with the vision of the state Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

According to him, technical and vocational education is key to the development of any nation as evident in some developed countries like China.

Babade also sought the support of traditional rulers of the host communities, particularly in the area of security of the facilities and mobilisation of students to enrol for courses in the school.

He charged the staff and students to take due advantage of the new facilities, adding that after the installation, the staff would be trained on how to handle the equipment.

The Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr Folu Ayeleso, called for proper maintenance of the facilities and urged parents to always enrol their children for technical education.

She claimed that the standard of education at the Technical College, Ado Ekiti, had improved, and attain an international standard.

Speaking with NAN, the representative of the company in charge of the equipment, Skill G, Mr Julius Ayo-Bada, said that the technical college in Ado-Ekiti had become a model, according to the World Bank analysis.

The Principal of the college, Mr Olabode Fakorede, assured the public that the students of the college would do exploit in their chosen careers soon.