The Minister of State for Education, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, has called on the Federal Science and Technical Colleges in the country to create a culture of skill training that would empower young people for the job market.
He said technical and vocational education remains a priority in the four- year strategic plan for the development of the education sector in the reform agenda of the present administration.
Wike gave the charge at the weekend during the 41st annual inter-house sports competition of the Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba, Lagos. The event, which was held at the college sports ground, featured young athletes from four houses, Niger, Benue, Ethiope and Ogun, competing for laurels. The gold trophy was won by students of Niger House with 46 points, while Benue and Ethiope emerged second and third respectively.
While declaring the competition open, the Minister urged the management of the college to move beyond the routine task of providing alternative education, to harnessing new information and communication technologies through partnership with the private sector and international agencies. The Minister was represented at the event by the newly appointed Director of Technology and Science Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Mike kalu Offor, who coincidentally was the immediate past principal of FSTC, Yaba.
“It is important to state that this college has striven to align itself to the vision and mission of Technical and Vocational Education. You must sustain your efforts to put your products in the technological map of this 21st century,” he said. Wike also commended the Parents, Teachers Association (PTA) of the school for constructing a block of six classroom blocks and flagging off of another block of nine classrooms, to ease classroom accommodation in the school. He also praised the association for hiring 45 part time teachers to address the problem of insufficient teachers in relevant areas.
Also speaking, the acting Principal of the college, Ogaba Ogorry, said the institution, established 64 years ago, has maintained a leading position in providing all round education for youths. He commended the former principal for raising the college to ist present status and promised to raise the banner higher.
He noted that efforts at laying solid foundation in sports for students have begun to yield fruitful results. According to him, some students of the college have been brought to the limelight through participation in international inspiration sports, a project introduced by the British Council and UNICEF to utilise the inspirational power of sports, in bringing positive changes in individuals and the entire society.