Edo, FG to train 2,000 youths on technical, vocational skills

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Board Secretary, Edo Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Ighodaro Augustine; Edo State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe, and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Education Intervention, Fela Bank-Olemoh, during a meeting in Benin City, on Thursday, January 12, 2023

Over 2,000 youths in Edo State are set to benefit from the Federal Government’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme under the Team Maximization (T-Max) project.

This was revealed by Fela Bank-Olemoh, the Senior Special Advisor (SSA) to the President on Education Intervention, following a meeting in private with Dr. Joan Oviawe, the Edo State Commissioner for Education in Benin City 

Bank-Olemoh stated that the “programme is being implemented in seven pilot states nationwide. The States include Lagos, Enugu, Gombe, Ogun, Nasarawa, Kaduna, and now in Edo State.

“The objective is to train 15,000 Nigerians nationwide in vocational skills that will enhance their daily life,  careers in carpentry, coding, mechanical work, tilling, baking, pastry making, make-up, fashion design, and more. We are doing this across the nation, and we will educate 2,000 individuals in Edo State in a way that adds value.

“The other six states have provided positive comments, and it is encouraging to see that Nigerians are treating it seriously. We are confident that we can make it a success in Edo State just like it has in the other six States.

The main requirements are that you must be a young Nigerian who lives in Edo State and who wants to learn and grow as a person because you don’t need to know anyone to be chosen.

“This program is focused on boosting the local economy,” he continued. The training is between one to two months as the programme will start this month, January and end in March.

“Starter packs will be awarded to the program’s top pupils. In order to ensure that students take the program seriously, transportation stipends will also be provided. Every student who completes this program gets certification.

On her part, Osa-Oviawe noted, “I want to congratulate the President for expanding the training to Edo State as the Federal Government’s intervention matches very strongly with the State’s focus on TVET and training for young people.”  The next generation of Edo youths need to be upskilled if they are to become future entrepreneurs, and the government is highly interested in doing this.

“There are many other training options available, therefore I encourage Edo youths to take advantage of this chance provided for 2,000 people.”

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