The Ogun State Government is set to further develop technical education within the public and private sectors.
The government aims to train 5000 youths, in order to make them self-sufficient and contribute economically to the State.
This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Technical Education, Prof. Joseph Odemuyiwa during a working visit with his team to Wessy Creation Institute, Ibara, Abeokuta.
He stated that the plan was in line with quality assurance for the certification of training centres for artisans and craftsmen in the State.
Odemuyiwa said the Institute is an accredited institution for the training of people in fashion and textile design, explaining that it is imperative to encourage it and others, by providing an enabling environment that would make them to thrive.
He noted that technical education would help the industrial sub-sectors and improve the overall economy of the State, if properly developed and harnessed to meet international standards.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Wessy Creation Group of Companies, Otunba Wasiu Taiwo, who commended the State government for developing technical education, stated that Nigeria is blessed with vibrant youths who love fashion, saying support from government and other stakeholders would take the fashion industry to greater height.
He urged the Federal Government to tap into opportunities available in the industry.
In a related development, Prof. Odemuyiwa said that the State government is planning to revive technical education at the secondary school level, as preparation is in top gear to make Abeokuta Grammar School, a pilot for the initiative, because of its achievements in science and technology.
Odemuyiwa noted that government is renovating the technical workshops in secondary schools, to encourage students acquire technical skills that would be useful to them and the society at large.
He commended the Old Students’ Association of the School for their contributions, admonishing them to sustain its standard, in imparting technical education in students.
The Principal of Abeokuta Grammar School, (Senior), Mr. Oludare Shorinola who received the Special Adviser, appreciated the State government for its efforts at reviving technical education, and ensuring that youths were gainfully empowered and self-reliant.