WELCOME TO ADDRESS BY THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
I am happy to welcome you to Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board. The board is saddled with responsibilities of repositioning technical and vocational education and reducing youth restiveness in Lagos State.
The Board was established by a law called “A Law To Establish The Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board and for Connected Purposes”. The Law was passed by the State’s House of Assembly in the year 2009 and signed into law by His Excellency, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (S.A.N) on 13th day of June 2009.
The Board could not take off because of its inability to secure a suitable office accommodation until year 2010 when it was able to get part of a Block at the Old Secretariat, Ikeja. (Part of the Blocks accommodating at the Teachers’ Establishment and Pensions Office(TEPO). So the Board commenced activities in May, 2010.
The Board has as its Pioneer Chairman Mrs. Taiwo Adeyinka Oyemade, a renowned educationist and retired Tutor General/Permanent Secretary, while Engineer Olawumi Anthony Gasper (mni, Fnse) a retired Rector of the Lagos State Polytechnic was appointed as the Executive Secretary. He was to see to the administration of the Board.
Other members that were inaugurated as members of the Board were
- Temi Olusanya (Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Technical and Vocational Education).
- Engineer Adesola B. Ambali.
- Engineer (Mrs.) Grace F. Abiodun
- Engineer Olatunde O. Adekoya
- Atinuke Thomas
- Honourable Babs Aridegbe
- Adebayo I. Ibiyeye (Representative of the Ministry of Education)
- G.A. Adetiloye (Representative of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation)
- Hakeem O. Adeniji (Representative of the Min. of Commerce and Industry)
- Bamidele H. Adeniji (Representative of the Ministry of Science and Technology)
- Engineer WahabOgunbiyi (Representative of Ministry of Works)
- Joseph Emolekhe (Representative of The Manufacturers Association Of Nigeria).
The Management structure of the Board is in the Directorate form. The law that established the Board thus created the following Departments;
- Finance and Administration
- Technical and Vocational Services
- Curriculum and Examinations
- Planning, Research, and Inspectorate.
In the year 2015, a circular emanated from the Office of the Lagos State Head of Service of the state reformed and renamed the Finance and Administration Department to be Administration and Human Resources Department, Thus this department subsists in the Board.
The law further stated that the Board may create other units from time to time for effective implementation/achievement of its objectives. In line with this, the now has the following units in place;
- The Modern Apprentice Training Programme Unit
- The Procurement Unit
- The Audit Unit
- The Public Affairs Unit.
OBJECTIVES OF THE BOARD
The Board’s core objective is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency that would lead to the productivity and self-reliance of the teeming youth in the State. The Board is therefore poised to restructure and revamp Technical and Vocational Education in order to produce the required skilled manpower for the State’s vision.
Other objectives of the Board as stated by its law are
- To stimulate and encourage vocational and general Technical Education not only as a basis for creating early technological awareness, but also to provide suitable orientation for further learning; Entrepreneurship and employment
- To be responsible for the efficient management and the establishment of Technical and Vocational Education at the Post Primary level
- To ensure and collaborate with a wide range of partners and Stakeholders to attract additional resources, information and investment so as to improve the quality of Technical and Vocational education in the state.
FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD
The Objectives of the Board according to the laws shall be to;
a.) Provide relevant, functional and accessible Technical and Vocational Education for acquisition of relevant professional occupation
b.) Liaise with external examination bodies, enter into international staff and students’ exchange programme, organize educational tours, industrial training and attachment
c.) Inquire into and advise the Government on the financial needs both recurrent and capital of Technical Colleges and Vocational Centres so as to enable them meet the objective of producing the trained man power needs of the state
d.) Make recommendation for the establishment and location of new Technical Colleges and Vocational Centres as and when considered necessary
e.) Ensure that all policies on Technical and Vocational Education formulated by the State Government are implemented by the Board
f.) Prescribe standard skills to be attained and to continue to review such standard as may be necessitated by current Technological trends and the peculiar need of the State.
g.) Advise the State Government on and co-ordinate all aspects of Technical and Vocational Education falling outside the tertiary education scheme and also make recommendations necessary for the full development of Technical and Vocational Education in the State.
h.) Ensure that programmes offered in the Technical Colleges and Vocational Centres conform with National and State policies on Technical Education and satisfy the prescribed requirements and standards
i.) Secure grants and organize credits access for students to enable them acquire tools after graduation.
j.) Act as the agency for channeling all internal and external grants to Technical Colleges and Vocational Centres in Lagos State.
k.) Undertake the periodic reviews of the terms and conditions of services of personnel in Technical Colleges and Vocational Centres and make recommendation on same to the Government.
l.) Collate, analyze and publish information relating to Technical and Vocational Education in the State.
m.) Prepare annual estimates for Technical and Vocational Education in the state based on the proposal of each of the Technical Colleges and Vocational Education in the state.
n.) In its role of advising on all Technical and Vocational Education, the Board should make recommendations as to how best to;
- Inculcate in the public an attitude of respect for and the appreciation of the role of Technology in the society.
- Advise on and take measures to improve the immediate and long-term prospect of Technicians and Technical Teachers with respect to status and remuneration
- Expand the facilities for the training and retraining of Technical Teachers and ensure that these teachers are exposed during and after training to modern Industrial Experience.
- Provide encouragement for women to enter into a wider range of fields of Technical and Vocational Education.
The Board has as one of its mandates the management, supervision and monitoring, of the State’s five Technical Colleges. The Colleges are
- Government Technical College, Agidingbi, Ikeja
- Government Technical College, Ikotun
- Government Technical College, Ado-Soba
- Government Technical College, Ikorodu
- Government Technical College, Odomola, Epe.
The Colleges are deliberately located to cater for the Five Divisions of the State namely Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos Island and Epe.
It is noteworthy to state that the one intended for Lagos Island was situated at Ajele Street, but due to lack of space for a full-fledged Technical College, it was taken to the site Lagos State School of Advanced Basic Studies, Ikeja, thus the Technical College, Ikeja is now referred to as Government Technical College, Lagos, Agidingbi.
Apart from managing, and monitoring of the Technical Colleges that fall within the Formal Education setting, the Board is also striving to formalize the informal sector. It has been assisting in the training and development of Artisans and Craftsmen that form the bulk of operators in the Informal sector.
The Modern Apprentice Training Programme of the Board focuses the teeming unemployed University graduates who are desirous of possessing entrepreneurial, vocational and business skills. The programme is deliberately designed to make them self-reliant and job creators and not job seekers. The Board partners with Industries whose main concern centres on trades and courses offered so that the trainees could have a deeply rooted Industrial practical Experience on their fields/Trades of choice. The unemployed graduates are recruited through a process that filters out the serious ones from the larger population that apply for the programme.
The recruited graduated are trained in the following fields
- Clothing/Dressmaking and Design
- Refrigeration and Air-conditioning
- Automotive Mechatronics
- Block laying/Concreting and Tilling/Plastering
- Carpentry and Joinery
- Domestic and Industrial Plumbing
- Electrical Installations, Repair and Maintenance Services
- Electrical Appliances Repair and Maintenance Services
- Floristry/Floral Design
- Hair Dressing and Beauty Therapy (Cosmetology)
- Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Repair and Maintenance Services
- Land-Scaping and Lawn Care Services
- Welding and Fabrication.
The Unit intends to commence the following programs when it is able to get logistics in place;
- Computer Animation and Modelling
- Electronic Music Production.
With all these programs and others, the Board is poised to train and provide the State and the Nation at large a pool of qualified and well-trained Artisans, Craftsmen and Technicians who could be relied on to deliver and compete favorably with fellow professional colleagues anywhere in the world.
So far, the Board has been able to
- Produce youths that are in hot demand by industry partners
- Advanced technology that has provided solution to certain obvious human challenges
- Grow Small Business Owners (S.B.Os.) from youths who are technically trained
- Re-direct youths to areas of greater opportunities in the Economy and Entrepreneurial skills
- Deploy Technical and Vocational Education to redress youths’ restiveness and unemployment in the State and the nation at large.
The Board moved to its Permanent Office Complex along Muiz Banire, Road opposite The Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, G.R.A. Ikeja in July 2015. It has been operating from this location since then.
On the assumption of Office of the current Governor, His Excellency, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, the Board was dissolved, but the Executive Secretary was to continue with the administration of the Board till another Board or Headship is put in place.
On 11th October 2016, Mrs. Folashade Omolara Erogbogbo a retired Permanent Secretary and a versatile Administrator was appointed as the Executive Secretary of the Board. He has since then assumed duty at the Board’s Headquarters.
HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS
- Mr. Adetunji Adewunmi –Director, Administration and Human Resources.
- Mercy Oredola Olaoye, Director, Examinations, and Curriculum.
- ‘Laolu Oguntuyi, Director, Technical and Vocational Services.
- Waheed Hamsat Head, Accounts and Finance.
- Mathew Olayanju, Director Inspectorate
Other Head of Units are
- Mr. Awoyera J. Oluremi, Head of Unit, Modern Apprenticeship Training. Programme.
- AbiodunOlanrewaju, Head of Unit, Procurement
- Siji Bolodeoku, Head of Unit, Public Affairs Unit.
- Fatai Atitebi, Head of Unit, Audit.
Mrs Omolara Erogbogbo