The Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Gozie An­wukah, has urged Nigerian youths to embrace voca­tional skills in line with the present administration’s high premium on steering the development of the na­tion’s economy away from dependence on oil.
Prof. Anwukah, who gave the charge at the Grand Finale of the Na­tional Students Vocational Skills Competition 2017, held at the National Board for Technical Education in Abuja, stressed that voca­tional and technical educa­tion has worked wonders for developed economies.
The Minister, represent­ed by his Special Adviser (Technical), Prof. God­swill Obioma, noted that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) holds the key to wealth creation and urged the students to follow their passion as they progress in their regular academic activities.
Earlier, in a welcome address, the Director of Technology and Science Education in the Ministry, Mr Samuel Ojo, whose department organised the competition, re-assured of government continued support for youths in the area of vocational educa­tion in order to be self-re­liant as government alone cannot provide all the em­ployment need of the citi­zenry.
According to him, the competition among Fed­eral Science and Technical Colleges nation- wide was aimed at raising the status and standard of vocational skills and training thereby arousing the innovative skills of the students as it has been achieved in devel­oped countries.