By Dayo Adesulu
EXECUTIVE Secretary, Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, LASTVEB, Mrs. Omolara Erogbogbo has posited that the way forward for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) yearly admission problems was embracing of technical education. She noted that if only students seeking admission into universities could embrace technical education, the issue of admission backlog and joblessness would have been over in the country.
Erogbogbo who averred that technical students were never inferior to their counterparts in other tertiary institutions argued that they stood better chances than university graduates without technical skills.
Speaking at a media chat held at LASTVEB Conference room, Ikeja, Erogbogbo said that one of the objectives of LASTVEB was to stimulate and encourage technical and vocational education, not only as a basis for creating early technological awareness but also to provide suitable orientation for further career progression in tertiary institutions, entrepreneurship and employment. She explained that it was in this regard that the Lagos State Government empowered the Board to monitor, supervise and regulate the activities of the five government technical colleges in the state.
According to her, LASTVEB, since its establishment has evolved as a “game changer” in the technical and vocational education sub-sector in Lagos State and in the nation to produce high quality technical skills in quantity and quality to actualise the Lagos vision and nurture a technical and industrial attitude in the minds of young Lagosians.
Stressing the need for private-public partnership in development of technical education, Erogbogbo said the private and public sector must share responsibility for the vocational education and training sector to work together as partners especially in the provision of qualified, competent and skilled youths for the building and construction sector.
She said: “This, therefore, formed the partnership between LASTVEB and NECA-ITF in the training of 90 students on a pilot phase as youth entrepreneurs in the building industry. LASTVEB in year 2013 signed an MoU with NECA-ITF instituting business start-up in construction trades. The students graduated on July 16, 2016. LASTVEB in pursuance of its mandate on prescription of standard skills to the labour workforce in Lagos State had entered into partnership with many industries, amongst them, Dangote Industries, Nigerite, Nigerdock, Lonadek, Swiss-NIDO, NBC Training Centre, Auto-Medics Ltd, SLOT Systems Ltd., etc.”