By Alemma Aliu
A philanthropist and owner of a construction giant, Bishop Matthew Okpebholo have called on the federal government to adequately fund technical education in Nigeria, a development he said is a way out of the country’s economic challenges.
He said if adequately funded, technical education can address Nigeria’s current unemployment challenge and would remain a means for the country to attain its desired speedy technological advancement.
Speaking to journalists shortly after being honoured with the prestigious Fellowship award of Auchi Polytechnic in Edo in Edo state, he said he would fund a project to be determined by the management to the tune of N50m.
He said; “I feel honoured by this institution, I have been receiving awards but this is special to me because this is the 169th of such awards and coming from Auchi Polytechnic make it more unique. I want the school to identify a project of not more than N50 million and within 12 months by the grace of God, it will be commissioned.”
He lamented that technical education had been neglected either through under-funding or policy shift but noted that technical institutions worldwide provided students with the conducive training environment to become inventors and entrepreneurs.
According to him, these two qualities are what usually prepares them to face future challenges in life.
“They become not just self-sufficient but also employers of labour helping to redirect government policy direction, nay its economic, social and technological growth’ he said.
He said his early training and acquisition of technical skills in steel works aptly prepared him for his life journey”