The Federal Government is to establish six technical Education colleges before the end of this year.
Additional Ten technical colleges will also be established within the next three years
This is to empower youths with the necessary skills to be self reliant and employers of Labour
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono stated this in Abuja while receiving two reports on the Technical Teacher Training Advisory Committee and Inter-Ministerial Advisory Committee on the establishment of Skills training centers.
The technical teacher training advisory committee on the resuscitation of the technical teacher training programme was inaugurated by the former minister of state for education Professor Anthony Anwuka on the 4th of April this year while the committee on the establishment of skills training centers was set up by the permanent secretary, Mr Sonny Echono on the 30th of April 2019.
The objective of both committees is to provide the necessary framework to empower youths through skills acquisition and capacity building for national economic development.
Mr Echono explained that the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari place emphasis on technical and Vocational Education and Training TVET as is the bedrock of socio economic growth of any nation.
Mr Echono said apart from the technical colleges the federal government will also establish more polytechnics, register Monotechnics and vocational and other innovation enterprise institutions as well as models skills training centers, all designed to equip youths with skills
While presenting report on the Technical Teacher Training programme, The Registrar and Chief Executive of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, Professor Josiah Ajiboye said findings indicates that they are over 20 thousand public secondary schools which require over 273 thousand technical teachers to achieve the aspiration of the ministry of one to twenty students ratio.
The Director Technology and Science Education of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs Elizabeth Adedigba said government is ensuring a coordinated national skills qualification and the resuscitation of the technical teacher training programme to improve the quality and quantity of technical teachers to ensure quality education in the country.