The Industrial Training Fund (ITF), has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the Nigerian Employees Consultative AssociationÂ (NECA) to train Nigerians in technical and vocational education.
This initiative is one strategy ITF was using to try and make technical and vocational skills available in Nigeria , said the Director-General ITF, Professor Longmas Sambo Wapmuk.
yesterday that if the Federal government must achieve its set goals of becoming one of the top twenty economies globally, there was the urgent need to de-emphasise attention on certificates and focus more on vocational training.
According to him, if put in place, the nation would then be industrialized with many people gain fully employed as well as achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
He lamented the nationâ€™s much emphasis on the presentation of certificates, said this has really affected the expected industrial growth and development of the country.
He warned that unnecessary celebration of certificates was really affecting the nationâ€™s economic development, just as he said that until people begin to realize that vocational training can work in Nigeria and key to economic growth that they will begin to de-emphasise much attention on certificates.
â€œNigeria is starting from somewhere but because we are so particular about certificate that is why they are so mad about it, but by the time we lay more emphasis on vocation through which employments are generated and creation of employment is made for others, we will be where we are suppose to beâ€, he said.
The DG who drew analogy from Singapore where no one fails in school because there must be a vocation for the person, noted that in some of these developed and developing countries, emphasis is not so much on certificates but skill acquisition through which people could be assisted into small entrepreneurship group and get themselves organized to become self employed.
â€œBecause people emphasise on certificates that is why you hear them saying you are not eligible, but in the industrial world the emphasis is on skill, the issue is on what you can do and you will be tested on it, nobody wants to see your certificate, it is only when you
need upgrading that emphasis will be on certificate,â€he said.