The Ogun Commissioner for Education, Mrs Modupe Mujota, says the state government will partner with the United Nations International Development Organisation (UNIDO) on skills acquisition for its populace.
Mujota said this in Abeokuta on Friday while addressing UNIDO’s National Project Coordinator, Mr Francis Ukoh, and members of the Association of Skilled and Vocational Artisans of Nigeria (ASVAN) who visited her.
She said that the proposed partnership would cover areas of logistics such as venue, curriculum development for training and resource persons.
Mujota said government’s support for the initiative was borne out of its interest in promoting skills and vocational acquisition among the people.
She said the establishment of the Institute of Technology, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, and investment in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) through the state–owned Science and Technical Colleges were all to promote skills acquisition.
The commissioner charged ASVAN to identify its members in the various trade groups to ascertain their numerical strength while training would be tailored toward their peculiar needs.
The commissioner also commended UNIDO for being a positive reference point on issues bordering on entrepreneurship and skills development.
In his remarks, Ukoh commended the state government’s initiatives on skills acquisition and pledged the organisation’s support.
The Chairman of ASVAN, Mr Adekunle Shodamola, also commended the state government for its support.
He expressed optimism that the social status of about 400 registered members of the association would improve at the end of the training initiatives.