Jamb Charges Nigerians on skill acquisition
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Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Is-Haq Oloyede on Tuesday, 27th August, 2019 lead the management of the Board on a visit to the facilities of the Model Skills Training Centre (MSTC), Abuja.
MSTC is an arm of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) established in 2009 to provide industry-relevant career and technical education programmes for secondary school leavers and adult learners.
Professor Oloyede, according to the latest edition of JamBulletin, a weekly publication of JAMB, was at the centre “as a manifestation of his passion for technical and vocational education, especially as it relates to the acquisition of skills by Nigerians for self-reliance and economic wellbeing.”
Taking JAMB Management on a tour of the institute’s facilities, The Training Manager, Mrs Yinka Shodunke, called on the Board to assist in ensuring that facilities at MSTC are adequately utilized by Nigerians.
Mrs. Shodunke said “The institute has some of the best recently manufactured training facilities globally.”
At the Mechatronics Section, for example, Prof Oloyede and his Management team were shown the workings of the factory automation machine manufactured by FESTO which is said to be the only one of its kind in Nigeria.
Mrs. Shodunke told the guest that “Training in the institute is designed to provide the necessary skills to enable trainees acquire all that is needed for them to work in any factory setting. At the end of the training, the trainees would be able work efficiently in all production settings like bottling and food processing companies, among others.”
The JAMB Registrar responding said with all the facilities he has seen at the centre, if adequately put to use, unemployment would be reduced to the barest minimum in the country. He said this was moreso with the disclosure that the institute has similar facilities at the zonal levels across the country.
He therefore urged Nigerians to embrace shills acquisition, noting that “What will drive the nation’s economy is acquisition of skills and not ‘queen’s language’ as being craved by many.”
He promised to partner with MSTC in order to give impetus to the vision of government to promote technical and vocational education. He disclosed that JAMB was already thinking of picking some of the outstanding Innovative Enterprise Institutes (IETs) in the country to do a pilot study on how to enhance IETs patronage by Nigerians.
Professor Oloyede commended the Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund, Mr. Joseph Ari (KSM) for leading such an enterprising agency of government.
He said “ I am not surprised by the level of commitment and success of the entire system of ITF as that is what I expect to see judging by the caliber of the leadership. However, a lot of publicity needs to be done as I am sure Nigerians are not in the know of the many available life-transforming opportunities that are lying fallow in MSTC.”