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Vocational System Of Education Is The Answer To Nigeria – NBTE Boss

The Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education Prof. Idris Mohammed Bugaje, has said that Industries and other employers of Labour are key drivers for the development, delivery, and quality assurance of skills eco-system in any given society.

Idris M. Bugaje revealed this to journalists in Kaduna which he says is a resolution of the 7th Industry stakeholders consultation on skills development.

“In the light of this, the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in partnership with German international development agency (GIZ), under its skills for youth Employment program (SKYE), organized the 7th industry stakeholder consultation on skills development which was held on 2nd December 2021 at Tsukunda House, constitution¬† Avenue Abuja.

Bugaje said over 130 industry players, development partners, sectors skills councils ( SSCs), Awarding bodies, training providers, MDAs, Organized private sector and the media are among those that attended the consultation.

“The objective of the consultation was to create the much-needed awareness on 21-century skills training system, Nigerian Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) and the needed for the involvement of industry in development, delivery and quality assurance of the skills eco-system”, Bugaje added.

The executive secretary of the national board for technical education in a paper which was Signed by Prof Idris Mohammed Bugaje and Engr SM Yusuf the chair LOC that made available to newsmen in Kaduna revealed that the NBTE is all out to change the narratives from the certification of polytechnics to the vocational system of education where the country can have much-needed manpower with the intention to move Nigeria and the people forward.

Because according to them “only three polytechnics are doing the vocational training system of education while all the rest are giving out a certificate of education. Like in Kaduna polytechnic they are doing vocational education with Fanteka and wary Polytechnic is into oil and¬† Gas welding, so with this, we are calling on all the rest of the polytechnics to go for NSQ so that the country will be great.

He gave an example with Germany as a country that they have a system of education 80% of their schools are vocational education system while only 20% are presenting a certificate to the graduating students. That gave them a powerful economic system which they have three days in schools and three days in vocational education.

“Nigeria now need over 5000 oil and Gas pipelines welders which makes the country look from outside the country”.

“Even Dangote refinery they import over 2000 from India because Nigeria lacks the capacity of those that can do the job, with this we are having a big issue which we shall do everything possible to resolve the matter at our hands for better as I know and speaks out.

According to the statement after much discussion and deliberations, the consultation noted the following 20 issues that include the critical role of industries in skills development, the proliferation of skills certification by different MDAs, weak linkage between industry and training institutions amongst others.

And the consultation resolved 12 issues that Include Collapsing all skills certifications into NSQ, Establishing national skills fund. To avoid over-taxation on Industries, the industrial training fund is recommended to be transformed to NSF as a new paradigm of funding skills development but not to be a trainer and or awarding body.

Bugaje noted that people should know that, the trade test certificate is the list value in the country.

The contents of the NSQ are being developed by the Industries not by the polytechnics to have a good vocational education system in Nigeria.

The technical papers were presented at the consultation meeting with the following titles; Overview of the Nigerian skills Ecosystem by Prof. Idris M. Bugaje, the executive secretary National board for technical education.

And the other one is on Industry partnership in skills Delivery: International perspective by Mr. Felix Nitz, program coordinator, GIZ SKYE.

At the end of each paper, questions, comments, and observations were taken from the participants and the presented notes and responses to some of the questions.

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