Chris Steven, Abuja
Chairman, Ekiti state Board for Technical and Vocational Education, Hon. Kayode Babade, says it is ready for maximum productivity.
Babade, made this known when he visited media organisations in the state on Tuesday.
He said they were ready to partner with the organisations so as to intimate the public on other options of livelihood rather than the white collar jobs that are not even available.
The board members visited five media outfits in the state, including, Nigerian Television Authority, (NTA), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, Progress FM and state-owned radio and television stations, Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State, (BSES) and
Others are the two private radio stations, Voice F.M and Ayoba FM, where the board solicited for their partnership at educating and informing the public on the need for the youths to have a trade that can made them self employed and as well be employers of labour.
Babade, who led other members of the board on the advocacy visit, said that the vision of Governor Kayode Fayemi is to bring back the glory of technical education and make the state a role model in technical education.
“In view of this, i want to urge the media organisations to partner with the board so that our people back home will be more educated and enlightened.
“The world over is today surrounded by technical education expertise, any nation that is lacking behind in this respect is dead and we want people at home to understand that, today, you are a better person when you can use your hands,”he said.
Babade said that the board is saddled with the responsibility of upgrading the standard of technical colleges in the state to a world class status, saying that about N1.8bn has been spent on the college in Ado-Ekiti, while the remaining three colleges would soon be brought back to life.
“Fayemi is determined to revitalize the colleges to ensure that youths are fully engaged to use their brain and hands so that they can also be self employed and also be employers of labour, instead of our youths to graduate and start doing Okada or Yahoo.
“I want to appeal to our youths to from today imbibe technical and technological education. As for all the technical colleges, the one in Ado-Ekiti has received massive renovation and three others are in the pipeline for renovation with the support of the World Bank because that is where the world is today, ” the board chairman said.
Responding, the general managers of the stations, expressed their readiness to partner with the board as it will help the youths in the state to be more occupied and appealed to them to imbibe technical education to be able to stand on their own.
The general managers are Messrs, Segun Osinowo, (NTA) Dokun Oladele (Progress FM) and Olu Popoola, Ag. GM, BSES) Donald Falayi (Voice FM) and Wale Ojo, (Ayoba FM)
Also on the team of the board are the Executive Secretary, Dr Folu Ayeleso, Mr Idowu Ayegbe, Ade Akerele and Mrs Yetunde Adamu.