The introduction of Technical & Vocational Education Training was first initiated by the Missionaries. Unfortunately, this did not fit into the prevailing liberal curriculum as the products of such schools had slim chances of securing White-collar jobs. As a result, both students and parents then and now viewed Technical & Vocational Education Training as educational arrangement for low-achievers who could not succeed in purely academic secondary school, but prepared for Blue-collar career in a society where upward mobility depended on purely academic career, a perception that almost smothered TVET nation-wide.
There are other problems be-deviling TVET in Nigeria such as dilapidated infrastructure, obsolete equipments and work tools, inadequate qualified teachers and instructors to meet with current industry skills, introduction of subjects with overloaded curriculum, lack of proper funding by some governors, lack of sensitization of TVET in Nigeria, inadequate number of Technical Colleges, lack of entrepreneurial programme, poor motivation of teachers. This trend in no small measure frustrated the enrolment of candidates into TVET; consequently, our society lacks skilled technicians: bricklayers, carpenters, painters, auto-mechanics e.t.c which has affected every facet of the economy even in Lagos State.
TVET cannot be overemphasized because this is the engine for Economic growth. Progressive economic growth is not just in a nation that buys and sells but it also encompasses the actual production of these goods to be sold. These goods cannot be produced without skilled technicians.
GENESIS OF THE REVOLUTION
This dearth of skilled Technicians spurred the Lagos State Government into initiating the Revolution in TVET taking place in the state. He has invested massively in education and skill training taking place as no nation can compete effectively in emerging global market place with poorly educated and unskilled workers.
In order to correct the wrong perception by the society, there was an Advocacy Programme jeered towards the sensitization of stakeholders on the re- engineering of TVET and the need to embrace its Revolution.
The Executive Governor, His Excellency, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) who is interested in the welfare of his citizens established Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) on 3rd May,2010, the bill was signed into Law on 13th, July 2009.The objectives of the Board are;
- Stimulate and encourage Vocational and Technical Education not only as a basis for creating early technological awareness, but also to provide suitable orientation for further learning, entrepreneurship and employment.
- Responsibility for the efficient management and the establishment of Technical and Vocation at the post primary school level.
- Ensure and collaborate with a wide range of partners and stakeholder to attract additional resources, information and investment so as to improve the quality of TVET in the state.
The Board is saddled with the responsibility of overseeing Five Technical Colleges in the State and other Vocational centers spread over all the Local Government areas.
ON YOUTH RESTIVENESS
This present administration in the state is focused and determined to reposition TVET as a tool for addressing youth restiveness and equipping them with skills for self-employment. This effort is evident and visible various infrastructural developments in the five Government Technical Colleges as well as recruitment of highly qualified technical teachers/instructors to strengthen curriculum delivery.
LASTVEB is also promoting TVET as a desirable alternative to /combination with university/Polytechnic education and a new alternative for the large number of JAMB casualties by Training them in different vocational trades.
This Revolution in TVET cannot be complete without referring to the Lagos State School leavers Modern Apprenticeship Training Programme (SL-MATP) and the Graduate Vocational Employability Skill Training Programme (GV-ESTP) officially Launched on 17th April, 2012.This programme is aimed at addressing the high level of youth unemployment and its accompanying youth Restiveness. It is to ensure adequate skills training, empowering the people, prepare them for the world-of-work, provide job opportunities and keep the youths off the streets. This Lagos State Government unique initiative is a vehicle for providing technical and Vocational training to the Larger number of School leavers and Graduates towards producing self-reliant, competent and skilled Lagos youths, Knowledgeable and passionate about skills trades and dedicated to becoming self-employed/ and successful entrepreneurs.
As part of REVOLUTIONILIZING TVET through the SL-MATP and GV-ESTP, a 20-man INDUSTRY ADVISORY TEAM was inaugurated. Some of the responsibilities of the team include;
- To determine skills required and the level of competencies in the relevant areas.
- To facilitate cooperation and support of the scheme by organized private sector.
- To decide current and future training needs and develop guidelines for the training programme.
- To assist with updating standards and to maintain quality of training.
- To provide guidelines on industry standards and training.
Their involvements in all these are very important because they are the off-takers of the trained personnel/graduates.
LASTVEB, in pursuance of its mandate on prescription of standard skills to the industrial and labor workforce in Lagos State has entered partnership with many industries, commercial stakeholders in TVE, some of them are: MTN, SAMSUNG, NIGERDOCK Plc, HIGHBURY COLLEGE UK. Etc.
EMPOWERING THE YOUTHS
Skills gap to drive the Lagos Vision has been identified by several studies critical, especially in Engineering, Road construction, Transportation, Power and Water Supply, Housing, Environment/ Physical Planning as the Global environment is changing rapidly. Lagos state as the social-economic hub of Nigeria and the ECOWAS sub-region has always blazed the trail in the provision of this enabling environment for trade to thrive. This is further supported by the envisioning of Development Agenda to transform Lagos State into Model Africa Mega-City.
In achieving this in Lagos State through the MATP, graduates have being admitted into the programme in order to have a large pool of Artisans/Craftsmen to support the Lagos Vision and its respective targets and are in three phases. This laudable initiative by LASTVEB will benefit the society, the economy and the social benefits will be far reaching.
- Employability, Enterprise Skills & Mindset Re-Orientation Training: Given the mandate re-orientating, impacting these youth with a different mindset from the room so as to make them high-value producing individual with the vision and drive to make a difference in society as a whole .Through the LASTVEB Employability and Enterprise programme (LASTVEB EEP), spanning a three –week period, Employability, Enterprise Skills & Mindset Re-Orientation Training deploys soft skills training and entrepreneurial skill development in fulfilling this mandate towards the attainment of the overall goal. It is designed to achieve the following.
- Develop the entrepreneurial capacity of youth through classroom and hands-on training on business start- up and growth.
- Develop and transform the mental capabilities of the trainees by educating and preparing them for the challenges ahead of them in the world of work and business.
- Increase the population of self aware, assertive and confident young people.
Employability and Mind Set Training Programme employs existing best practice in transferring knowledge to and assessing trainees. All learning activities on the program are expertly executed and customized to suit Nigeria cultural and Industry context.
- Over 200 trainees has gone through Employability and Mind Set Training Programme
- Vocational training, taking place in our five Government Technical Colleges.
- Entrepreneurship (start your own business.)
THE JOURNEY SO-FAR
As part of the post launch activities, LASTVEB through MATP have accomplished the following;
- Adverts for admission of school leavers and Graduates into SL-MATP and GV-ESTP were placed in National Dailies.
- Impactful post launch media splash was achieved, featuring write-ups in six reputable newspapers. (The Guardian, This Day, Daily Sun, the independent, Punch and The Nation) which also kept the programme on the minds of industry stakeholders.
- Several industries and industry groups who showed genuine interest to be part of the programme are already working.
- Most sector Skill industry Groups worked tirelessly to produce the curriculum.
More than 2,000 candidates showed interest by registering online through LASTVEB website.
Many batches of the trainees have gone through the Employability and Mind Set Training Programme, and some have graduated from the vocational training programme. The trainees are from different trades;
- Block Laying
- Electrical Installation
- Welding & Fabrication
- AUTO- MECHANICS
- Clothing & Dress Making
- Landscaping &Floristry
- Interior Design.
- Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning
- Medical Instrumentation
- Industrial Instrumentation
- Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Repairs and Maintenance Services
As part of our success story, LASTVEB in conjunction with MCS Consulting unveiled another revolutionary initiative tagged “SKILL-UP”, a City and Guilds Industry- backed Technical Skills competency Training and Examinations project focused on developing practical skills (for immediate absorption by the industry) over and above certificates. According to BRF’ comments, “Technical Education should not be seen as inferior to Secondary Education our youths should be equipped with Technical and Vocational skills that are marketable.” The major objectives of SKILL-UP projects are;
- To strategically intervene and revive Technical & Vocational Education by upgrading the quality, course content and infrastructure available to learners thereby attracting and raising a new breed of workforce and correcting the poor public perception of Technical Skills acquisition.
- To support regional and national development targets by providing a huge pool of well trained and competent workforce for the labor market, stimulating entrepreneurship and wealth creation, thereby reducing unemployment.
- To directly impart over the next 10 years almost every sector of the economy long term beginning with Construction/Housing thereafter oil and gas, power, manufacturing etc. by producing an industry-ready workforce. This we believed would significantly reduce the amount lost to capital flight through the excessive importation of skilled labor despite our large population.
REJUVENATION OF OUR GOVERNMENT TECHNICAL COLLEGES
The revolution of TVET has brought about tremendous revival to all the five Technical Colleges in the state. Apart from the advocacy programme that was initiated to create awareness of the existence of the five Technical Colleges, the infrastructure, academic standard and performance have also improved. ICT Laboratories were constructed for the training of teachers and students in data management and internet. These schools libraries were also upgraded to include reading carrels, supply of books, shelves and air-conditioners to the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) standard and requirements. Power is critical in the training of skills in our colleges, Five (5) generating sets were procured and installed to aid practical lessons.
MTN foundation (MTNF) has complimented the efforts of the State Government to improve productivity of the workforce by flagging-off the MTN Youth Skills Development Project (MTNF-YSDP) as part of its corporate social responsibilities initiatives to improve the Technical Skills of Nigerian Youth towards social development and self-reliance. They have invested in infrastructure development, capacity building and supply of relevant equipment and furniture to boost learning in the GTCs Lagos State.
LASTVEB in collaboration with Niger dock has trained some of its staff-members in Welding and Fabrication. The Board succeeded in training 270 practicing members of Lagos State Plumbing contractors association for competences in Plumbing and Pipe fitting practice. Another 2000 Artisans benefitted from this initiative to up-skill practicing Artisans. A 100 teachers and instructors have been trained in entrepreneurship, 20 master trainers were selected and retrained in handling the Entrepreneurship training programme in the Technical Colleges.
SAMSUNG Nig. Ltd in partnership with Lagos Eko Secondary Education project and in conjunction with LASTVEB established SAMSUNG Electronics Engineering Academy in Training craftsmen and advanced technicians on all Samsung Electronics Products, offer technical classes for senior Secondary School students from neighboring schools, placement of trainees on internship and full-time employment. About 400 of students in Electronics, Air-conditioning and Instrumentation have benefitting from this partnership.
LASTVEB has been able to establish five production centers, business clinics in each of the Technical Colleges to create competitive business environment and enhance quality of graduates from our colleges. These centers are handled by the training and retraining of Master trainers in Entrepreneurship Development. These centers diagnose business problems for the students, organize seminars, trainings, workshops, motivate and encourage all intending students’ entrepreneurs. They also assist Students/trainees in the preparation of business plans, linking them up with micro-finance Banks and encouraging young business owners to develop the habit of proper records keeping. The board is in partnership with Auto medics Nig Ltd on capacity building for Lagos State Artisans and has trained over 759 practicing Auto-mechanics in modern Auto-diagnosis.
With these revolutions in TVET, statistics have shown that between 2009 and 2013, there has been an increase in the number of students intake. Over a hundred percent of students enroll for the various trades offered by the Technical Colleges.
LASTVEB is now introducing Technical and Vocational Education Framework/Pathway into the Scheme of work to increase awareness and Vocational relevance of primary and junior secondary education.
The partnership of Julius Berger Nig. Plc and the Lagos State Government through LASTVEB is transforming GTC Odomola-Epe into a world class Technical college in Construction trades, with the provision of all necessary training facilities, laboratories and workshops. The partnership is aimed at improving the quality of Education and infrastructure available to the student and adding value to the curriculum towards an international certificate. To also create a platform for training crop of new artisans and retraining the existing practical professionals to aid their effective contribution to meet industry needs.
Currently, Julius Berger construction works are ongoing at GTC-Odomola-Epe. It has also afforded Julius Berger Nig. Plc. the opportunity of sourcing its core well trained, competence and skilled youth’s workers in construction trades from the GTC
The Board is in collaboration with ITF-NECA in Technical Skill Development Project (TSDP) for plumbing, Tiling and Carpentry (Building- related). They are providing counterpart funding taking the form of new Structure for equipment and tools. They have also initiated Business Start Grant for the best 4-5 business plan to promote entrepreneurship and job creation among youths which will be funded by the state Government. ITF-NECA TSD project will train instructors through study visits and work-based curriculum planning programmes linking graduates to employment opportunities in the NECA- member companies. They are encouraged to constitute a cooperative or a Small Medium Enterprise (SME). This initiative is to discourage one-man entity, encouraging company.
NECA will also look into the structure by monitoring all trainers, trainees and employers every step of the programme. The focus is on producing young graduates who are highly skilled. The will also support in the area of setting up construction/building related enterprises as a way of creating employment and stemming youth restiveness.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Address: Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB), Muiz Banire Street, Oba Akinjobi Road, Behind Arch Bishop Vining Church. GRA Ikeja
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