By Bukola Adama
The Federal Government has assured the Kwara State Government of necessary support to facilitate the success of its International Vocational Technical and Entrepreneurship Centre(IVTEC), Ajase-Ipo.
The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo who gave the assurance on Tuesday during the commissioning of IVTEC, explained that the Federal Government will not only facilitate the success of the college but also ensure its replica in other states.
He further promised that the FG would provide adequate finance to support the project and further ensure its expansion.
According to the Vice President, “In Nigeria, we have vibrant and talented youths that are ready to work. So we have to encourage them by creating enabling environment for them to improve themselves and acquire skills.
“Establishment of this college is a good initiative because it is benchmarked against best practice. If you look at its curriculum, its programmes are tailored towards existing talents.
While praising the Kwara State Government for the initiative, the Vice President stated, the college will bring about the changes the country desired.
Earlier, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed said his government had from inception made human capital development, especially functional education of the youth “pivot of our people-centric developmental agenda”.
He added that his administration’s programmes are driven by the need to engage as many youths as possible in the value chain interventions.
According to the governor, “This determination to equip our youths with vital skills also formed the primary basis for establishing the International Vocational Technical and Entrepreneurship College.
“Indeed, when I laid the foundation stone of the College on September 11, 2012, the vision was to establish a College to equip youths with skills for self-reliance, tackle unemployment, and ease access to vocational training of international standard for students from a variety of skills and educational backgrounds.”
He explained further that IVTEC offers a structured approach to providing youths with market-relevant skills and a reliable pathway to economic empowerment that prevents a descent into negative and destructive behaviour often associated with unemployment.
He added that the college is benchmarked against global standards in vocational education through partnerships with globally recognised certification bodies like City and Guilds of London.
The governor disclosed that the state is partnering World Bank to train 17,000 youths identified as vulnerable in the state, starting with an initial 80 students.
He explained that the students will be thereafter be clustered into vocation-specific cooperatives and provided access to affordable credit to start or expand existing businesses under our Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) scheme.
The governor disclosed that approximately N3.2 billion was invested on campus construction, furniture, fittings, partnerships, basic training equipment and tools at the IVTEC adding that an additional N13b is required to cover the college’s expansion plans in the next five years.
The vice president also commissioned the Food Pro at GRA and HMA medicals along Lubcon road, Ilorin.