Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the immediate establishment of additional three Technical Colleges for the State, increasing the number of Technical and Vocational Colleges from five to eight.
This was disclosed today by the Deputy Governor of the State, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule at the Year 2016 and 2017 graduation ceremony of the five Technical Colleges held at Agidingbi, Ikeja.

The Deputy Governor stated that the proposed new Technical Colleges, which would be sited at Alimosho, Ibeju and Badagry, would further help to train the youths and unemployed graduates in acquiring new skills and opportunities to help them create jobs and be self-reliant.

Adebule, who noted that technical and vocational skills are crucial to achieving self-reliance and sustainable economic growth under the present economic recession, informed that the State government has invested heavily in the development of technical and vocational education in recognition of the role technical and vocational education plays in the provision of quality services and development.

“The fact remains that the best way by which we can help create employment opportunities, stimulate economic growth in our State and Nation and alleviate poverty is to equip our youths with skills by which they can use in creating jobs for themselves and become self-reliant”, she averred.

While congratulating the 1, 324 graduating students from the five technical colleges, Adebule urged them to justify government’s huge investment by maximizing the training they received to impact on good service delivery and economic fortune of the State.

The Deputy Governor, while justifying the reason for focusing on technical and vocational education as a strategy for economic growth, maintained that reliable findings indicated that Lagos State has the nation’s highest population of people less than 25 years of age at present, adding that by 2025, Lagos will be home to around 20% of the nation’s population aged 24 and below.

She explained further that the implication of the findings is that government must be ready to create jobs every year for the next two decades to prevent social unrest and youth restiveness.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Executive Secretary, Technical and Vocational Education Board, Mrs. Omolara Erogbogbo charged the new graduands to maximize the full advantage of technology in their various areas of specializations to render quality services to the people and create wealth.

Erogbogbo stated that the realisation of the importance of technical education to economic recovery made the State government invest heavily in the area, urging the graduating students to use their acquired knowledge and skills to bring positive changes to the economy of the State and the Nation.
The event was well attended by top government functionaries, parents and relatives of the graduands and members of the academic community.

Boss Canvasses Technical Education for Youths

The Executive Secretary Presenting Her Opening Speech Durin The Ceremony

The Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board(LASTVEB), Mrs. Omolara Erogbogbo has stressed the need for parents to encourage their children to learn skills through technical education, so that it can earn them a decent living.

Erogbogbo who made this known, recently, during a media chat on advocacy for the board, enumerated the efforts of the state government in revitalising Technical and Vocational Educational , adding that students who go through its technical colleges are exposed to the industry practicals, tools and equipment.
According to her, “A lot is being done with the industries because it will bring about exposure and enlightenment for the students which will at the long run drive the economy. Capacity building will go along way in improving the system.”

She emphasised on its five technical colleges which activities the board monitors, regulates and supervises, adding that the government is making effort to build more in some parts of the state.
Erogbogbo expressed concern that the country depends more on expatriates for its construction industries saying, “we don’t want to contribute to the economy of foreign countries but to the development of our state. Technical and Vocational Education(TVE) is very important and critical for our economy. We must have passion for it and be focused.”

Since she came on board last year, she said the board saw the need to employ more instructors in its technical colleges so as to further improve teaching and learning, adding that the government has promised its readiness to improve on the structure and facilities.

“Technical colleges are regarded as the principal vocational institution in Lagos state because they are supposed to give full technical training intended to prepare the students for entry into various occupations at the craft level and at the same time prepare them well enough for admission into the tertiary institutions in various engineering, construction and business fields, ” the executive secretary stressed.
She emphasised on its partnership with various organisations noting that the board has gotten support from the states EKO secondary education project with the creation of centres of excellence in three technical colleges, partnership with NECA-ITF, global partnership with Dangote industries, Slot System Limited, Auto-Medics, Lonadek, among others.

Other supports Erogbogbo added included; capacity development programmes for practicing artisans in collaboration with the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment as well as Housing; Lagos State graduate vocational employability skills training programme and Enterprise day.

Firm signs MoU with LASTVEB on youth empowerment, local content

Manufacturers of Unity Girl Dolls, Nigeria’s leading first theme dolls that uniquely project the continent’s cultural heritage, have signed a memorandum of understanding with Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB). The partnership is intended to empower apprentices of the board with sustainable source of livelihood immediately after graduation by making them gainfully engaged.

Also, under the ‘Graduate Apprenticeship Programme’ in dressmaking, the graduates have been hired to make 40,000 pieces of unity doll dresses for the entire project in batches of 5000. Under the contract, expected to be executed within four months, 40 per cent of mobilisation fee has been released while 60 per cent cost of the project would be paid upon completion of each batch of 5000 units.

At the signing of the MoU, Executive Secretary of the board, Mr. Olawunmi Jasper, called on other corporations and multi-nationals to emulate Unity Dolls by using direct skilled labour in order to grow the local economy. Jasper noted that the only way out of the country’s economic woes is for government not to only create the ideal environment for artisans in the real sector to thrive, but also for manufacturers to employ indigenous but skilled labour.

Jasper pointed out that expatriates in the engineering, construction, home services sector were enjoying all the opportunities at the detriment of Nigerian artisans. He, however, thanked the Chief Executive Officer of Auldon Nigeria limited, Mr. Paul Orajiaka, for the confidence reposed in the nation’s real sector, particularly for believing in the graduates of the institution and contracting a project of that magnitude to them.

He assured Orajiaka that the graduate trainees would do an excellent work in the dressmaking contract comparable to any standard in the world.

Orajiaka was agreement with LASTVEB Boss, stating that the continued patronage of local products, skills and service was the right way to go in strengthening the nation’s local economy and its currency. He also assured the institution that the contract would not be one-off project, as it would be continuously renewed, especially as unity dolls is a product in high demand, both locally and internationally.

He expressed joy that the contract will have a positive multiplier effect on the local economy, as other locally manufactured products will be purchased for the project, a cycle that will support many families, by putting food on their tables.

The dresses made by the graduate apprentices of LASTVEB for Unity Nigeria limited, will be delivered in batches, for Africa’s leading Doll brand, Unity dolls.


Lagos State Government has said that it would engage graduates of its technical colleges in a ‘Maintenance Gang’ initiative to be unveiled in August this year for maintenance and renovation works of public schools across the State.

The State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Idiat Adebule made this known today at the graduation ceremony of NECA-ITF Technical Skills Development Project for Students of Government Technical College, Ikorodu at NECA Auditorium, Alausa Ikeja.

The Deputy Governor said that aside from the opportunities available to graduates with Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA, to render minor repair and maintenance services, government will further engage the 30 companies incorporated by the graduands and graduates of the other four technical colleges in the State.

According to her, the present administration in the State is determined to explore all available avenues to encourage the growth of young entrepreneurs and as such has decided to engage graduates of its colleges as against awarding renovation and maintenance works that could be handled by these sets of young entrepreneurs to contracting firms.

Dr. Adebule commended NECA -ITF for creating the platform for graduates of the state technical colleges to be competently skilled and for giving them adequate entrepreneurial trainings that would make them actualise their dreams as entrepreneurs, while also enjoining the graduands to make the best of skills acquired by justifying the huge resources that have been invested in them.

The Deputy Governor also used the occasion to advocate more support from successful entrepreneurs and business moguls in bridging the large skills deficiency gap.

“I therefore call on people of goodwill, High Net Worth individuals, Non -governmental organisations to please partner with this administration in addressing the problems of youth unemployment, restiveness and mis-directed agitations.” she added.

Adebule promised that the state government will continue to work with the private sector in delivering a robust Technical and Vocational Education aimed at producing High Quality Technical skills for them and provision of excellent services to Lagos residents.

Also speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi Etti, urged the graduants to translate the knowledge acquired into reality by harnessing opportunities available to them in the competitive world of business.

The Commissioner also called on them as entrepreneurs and other skilled individuals across the State to access the 25billion Naira Empowerment Trust Fund created by the State Governor for young entrepreneurs to grow and sustain their businesses.

The Executive Secretary of Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) Engr. Olawunmi Gasper, while delivering a welcome address at the event said that the graduation ceremony symbolises a successful private and public partnership between the State Government, NECA and ITF.

According to him, “This is an example of sharing responsibilities between the public and the private sector for the vocational education and training sector. Government and the private sector are working together for the provision of qualified, competent and skilled youths in the three selected areas – carpentry, plumbing and bricklaying/tiling.”

The Executive Secretary said that the micro-enterprises will now be the new face of providing quality services in some residential estates in the State, stressing that innovative solution that can transform the economy remains indispensible considering the present situation of things across the country.

“For us in LASTVEB, we have targeted the youths by promoting youth-led businesses and the special graduation of today lends credence to this. By engaging the youths early enough in youth entrepreneurship, strong economic and business sense is being developed.” Engr. Gasper added.

The Director-General of NECA, Mr Olusegun Oshinowo described the graduands as individuals with ‘double edged sword’ who have been trained as skilled individuals as well as entrepreneurs.

He expressed optimism of a very bright future for the graduands, saying that the future of the country lies in skilled vocation and wealth creators.

Delta State Technical and Vocational Education Board pays courtesy visit to LASTVEB

In bid to understudy Technical Colleges and Vocational Centres in Nigeria, the Delta State Technical and Vocational Education Board, the Chairman, Mrs Clara Obanua, Executive Secretary, Comrade Michael Akpobire, first member, Engr Smart Ikem, SA Technical, Comrade Oke Ogbadu, Directors, Staff and Seefor focal man, Mr Enite Igere yesterday paid a scheduled courtesy visit to Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board. The team was received by the Executive Secretary of LASTVEB, Mrs Omolara Erogbogbo, she appreciated DSTVEB for familiarizing with LASTVEB at this pressing time of improving on Technical Colleges and vocational centres in Nigeria.
DSTVEB also paid visit to Government Technical College, Agidingbi, Lagos to get first hand information from the school

The visit is centered towards improving Delta State Technical Colleges and Vocational Centres, creating requisite skills to Deltans that will make them employable and employer of labour.

Lagos State Government to train 5,000 technical school students

The Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a training firm, Trantouch International under its Technical Students Entrepreneurial and Empowerment Conference (TECHSEEC) initiative to train 5,000 students of all technical schools across the state.

The training programme is designed to train students on GSM repairs, Graphics Design, Social Media Engagement and soft skills like Teamwork, Decision Making, Problem solving and effective communication skills.

Speaking at the signing of the MOU, the Acting Executive Secretary, Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, Engr. Laolu Oguntuyi said the training will specifically correct the poor perception people have on vocational training as a non-lucrative venture, stressing that students of technical colleges represent creative and innovative minds capable of bringing about needed technological changes to the society.

He added: “We have realised that soft and hard skills are actually needed to be financially independent. In actualising this, we need to tell the world that vocational training is not an inferior to academic training but a way of bridging the gap of job opportunities and turning things around.”

According to Engr. Oguntuyi, the training will specifically expose the students to the expectations of industries thereby bridging the gap between school curriculum and industries who are the final beneficiaries of the students’ skills.

The Convener and CEO of Trantouch International, , Mr John Collins, who is also a product of one of the technical colleges in State said that having travelled out of the country and seen how things are done in other developed climes, asserted that it is important to invest experience and knowledge into students of technical colleges in the state.

He said the platform will also be an avenue to motivate students as renowned technologists like Hasseb Hassan of Intek Solution, Nnamdi Ezeigbo, the CEO Slot Systems Limited, and many others would be part of those facilitating the training sessions.

“This platform will reward outstanding students in order to drive and motivate creativity. With this idea, we will be having students coming up with creative ideas and innovations that would be shown to the world.”

Mrs. Agbeyo Rhoda, a partner in the MOU and CEO, Rhoda Michaels Fashion Academy, said the situation of the country presently is disheartening considering the fact that the country has unimaginable numbers of creative youths who are yet to discover what they have got.

She encouraged all the students to be part of the initiative, saying: “If all can be part of this, it will in no doubt earnestly grow the economy of this country.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Abdullahi Nurudeen of BOSCH, affirmed that the training initiative is a great challenge geared towards improvement of vocational schools in the state. He called on the government to invest more on vocational training, particularly training the students with modern technologies.

Graduates of technical colleges good for industries – LASTVEB Boss

The Executive Secretary of Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, Engineer Olawunmi Gasper has said that the graduates of technical colleges in the state have what it takes to support the manpower needs of industries.
He said that all the various companies needed to do was to invest minimal resources in polishing products of the colleges to adapt them to specific workplace requirements.
Gasper, who disclosed this in an interview with The Point, also called on private industries to support technical education by investing in the technical colleges so as to make them reliable producers of competent skilled graduates.
Speaking on the curriculum being run by the parastatal, he said that the state’s technical board was different from others, as it runs an industry-tailored curriculum.
He said, “The industries lodged a complaint that the national curriculum is faulty and that our students are not fit for purpose. So, we had a meeting with them and drew out the curriculum that will benefit both the students and the industries.”
According to him, the technical industries need not spend excess money to invite foreigners to do the jobs products of the state’s colleges could handle.
Gasper called on private industries for support, urging them to invest in the technical colleges so as to make them reliable producers of competent skilled graduates.
“We don’t see why industries will go, spend hard earned foreign exchange and bring in people. Our graduates might not be one hundred per cent fit for purpose but, you can take them and spend little money to polish’ them.
“We actually believe that we should lead by example. If we are saying we want to produce competent and skilled graduates from our technical colleges, we must act by building their confidence,” he said.
Gasper also said that a review of the curriculum, as proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari some months ago, could be a solution to the challenges with technical education

Unity Dolls partners with LASTVEB to Promote Culture & Spur Youth Employment

As part of efforts to deepen local content as well as empower Nigerian youth, Unity Dolls has signed an MOU with the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) to support the novel course.

In 4th April, 2016, Auldon Toys started the Unity Girl doll project, a collection of 14-inch dolls, each representing Nigeria’s three largest tribes. The product is been created to deliver an empowering social message to girls around Nigeria and the world at large.

The partnership is intended to empower graduate apprentices of the board with sustainable source of livelihood immediately after graduation, by making them gainfully engaged.

Also the initiative, under the Graduate Apprenticeship Programme in dress making, the graduates have been hired to make 40,000 pieces of unity doll dresses for the entire project in batches of 5,000.

LASTVEB Rewards Outstanding Staff, College Teachers

Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) recently rewarded some of its staff, teachers and non-teaching staff of technical schools in the state for their diligence, dedication and hard work.

The board also presented award to the most outstanding college, principal and vice-principals of various colleges; they received plaques and certificates.

Speaking at the 2015 staff merit award ceremony, the Executive Secretary of the board, Mr. OlawumiGasper, thanked all the key stakeholders in the technical colleges for their efforts, saying that they are worthy of it.

“It is not just the papers that matter but the efforts they have been able to put into it,” he said and urged them to do more on Technical and Vocational Education (TVE).

Some of the awardees thanked the board, saying that the award will motivate them to work harder.
One of the outstanding teachers/instructor at Government Technical College (GTC) Odomola, Epe, Mr. Benjamin Oke, described the award as a motivating factor and recognition. “In any association or society or establishment that one belongs to, you should be able to contribute to it and I believe that what they have noticed about us is what made them to recognise us.”

He promised to put in more efforts in appreciation of the board’s efforts. “The joy of any engineer is to see that its products are acceptable in the society. As we are going to our respective schools, we are going to work on our students and produce better students for the industry.”

The Principal of Government College Technical,Agidingbi, Mrs. Belinda Odeh, who received the most outstanding principal award, said though it is not her first award, the previous ones she receivedencouraged her to put in more effort in her work.

“This is not my first award; it takes double effort to remain up there. So if you get an award, I believe it is reward for more work. You will want to do more to be able to move further, you can’t just be stagnant,” she said, adding that she sees her college as a motivation.

Odeh, who responded on behalf of the awardees, thanked the board for its efforts saying, “I appreciate what they have done because it cuts across all the colleges; non-teaching and teaching alike, so it is a way of encouraging us. When you work hard and you are rewarded that shows that you are recognised. We appreciate the gesture today because it will motivate others to work harder, some others may want to get this award.”

The Principal of GTC Ikotun, Mr. Samuel Daramola, whose college got the award for most outstanding, listed some of the qualities that made his school to stand out to include discipline and students’ academic performance. “The teachers and students are well disciplined, even in terms of extra-curricular activities; the college is not doing badly. We take part in JETs competition and the yearly project competition organised by the ministry of science and technology, students usual excel. It is what gave us the award.”

He said the award is the first from the board, saying, “people have been working and not encouraged. When teachers are encouraged, they put more efforts. The award will ginger the staff and students to excel.”


The Executive Secretary of Lagos State Technical and Vocational Board, LASTVEB, Engineer Olawunmi Gasper has advocated the need for increased human skills development as a sustainable way to wealth creation and eradication of poverty.

Engr. Gasper made this known at the award ceremony for LASTVEB Teachers, Instructors and Principals of technical colleges across the State who distinguished themselves in their various duty posts in the Year 2015.

“Discussions on skills development has taken centre stage of public discourse in recent time as stakeholders in the skilled sector have identified technical vocations as the most reliable path to follow, considering the present financial situation of the country and the rate of dependency on paid jobs,” he averred.

The Executive Secretary maintained that the high point of the recently concluded Wealth Creation Summit in the State, focused on the indispensability of skills acquisition and vocational education which further underscored the importance of the task being undertaken by LASTVEB.

“LASTVEB has received recognition from within and outside the country for its contributions to the development of human skills, all these are testimonials that we are doing it right and our impact is being felt,” he added.

Engr. Gasper urged the awardees not to relent in their dedication to duty but see the award as a challenge that would spur them to improve their commitment and dedication in their various duty posts.

The Most Outstanding Principal Awardee, Mrs. Odeh Oruonye Belinda who responded on behalf of other awardees challenged her colleagues in other technical colleges to prevail on other members of staff for better performance so that they could also receive similar recognition in future.

She described the entire screening process as fair, thorough and transparent, adding that everyone was given equal opportunity in the keenly contested evaluation process.