Canadian High Commisioner to Nigeria, Mr. Chris Cooter, has described Anambra State as one of the topmost states in Nigeria in terms of getting things done and commitment to good governance.
He said this Fridayday in Abuja at a meeting with Governor Peter Obi and the team from Canada led by Paul Breman who is the Vice President of the International Partnership. The group which has over 140 colleges and 1500 learning communities in Canada is reputed for training people in acquisition of skills.
Cooter who noted how highly technical and vocational education is regarded in Canada said it is the opposite in Nigeria. He said that going by Obi’s ambitious plan for Anambra State, he believes that Anambra State and Nigeria at large need to embrace technical and vocational education rather than treat people that pursue that as second class.
He noted that most often what he witnessed today is inflation of degrees and deflection of values. This according to him can be changed through right skill to make people employable.
Speaking Mr. Paul Bremen said his organization was eager to partner with Anambra State and indeed the country for the establishment of training and vocational institutes in the country.
He said his organization emphasized on-the-job-training and internship as a starting point in the partnership. He said the group will send somebody to Anambra State to see what are on ground and determine how they will come in.
In his own remarks, Governor Obi said he was eager to enter into any partnership that would be of benefit to the people of Anambra State. He lamented that the country as a whole has people with all sorts of certificates but no skills. Concluding, he submitted that what Nigeria is facing today was how to transform its numerous human resources to become employable or self-employed .
Others present were Mr. Alexandra Mackenzie, the Counsellor, High Commission of Canada; Jean Gauthire, the Deputy High Commissioner of Canada; Anambra State Commissioner for Planning, Prof. Stella Okunna and the Permanet Secretary in charge of Anambra Liaison Office at Abuja, Dr. Beatrice Okonkwo.