The World Bank has commended Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu on the investment in Education for Employment programme which he initiated upon assuming office in 2015.
The commendation came from a representative of the world body during a workshop held on the 17th of October, 2018 at World Bank head office in Abuja on a new project to be funded by World Bank.
The workshop was organized in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education which is supervising the new project termed Innovation Development Effectiveness in the Acquisition of Skills (IDEAS), with the main objective of improving the relevance of skills of labour market entrants in both the formal and informal sectors in Nigeria.
Speaking further, he stated that this investment in Education is the reason Abia State has been selected to receive a grant to develop Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) in the State.
At the workshop, Abia State E4E programme and MAFITA project were the selected models for review. Whereas MAFITA is a DFID funded project for Northern states, E4E program was developed and is being funded by Abia state government. It would be recalled that the E4E programme also attracted the World Bank sponsored Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) project in the State.
Earlier, Mr. Endi Ezengwa had made a presentation about E4E after which he took questions from the participants. He said that the Abia State government will do more if adequately supported.
He thanked the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) for their continuous support.
Welding and Fabrication trainees under the N-Power Programme in Abia State have urged the state governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu to award them metal door production contracts to prove their mastery of the technology during their skill acquisition training.
The third Austrian German Swiss Business Outlook meeting with the media community in Lagos was recently wrapped up with the hints on job opportunities that await Nigerians.
Contrary to widely held views that there are no jobs in Nigeria, the delegate of the German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria, Dr. Marc Lucassen revealed that most companies are looking to increase head counts in their staff structure.
“We are in desperate need of blue collar skilled workers. Most of our employees are office workers,’’ he said.
Lucassen’s remarks were based on surveys conducted using macro-economic parameters, study of the ease of doing business in Nigeria as well as statistics from relevant organisations.
He noted also that there is a huge market potential in Nigeria with improvement recorded in the area of company registration, access to credit facilities and the recent economic recovery.
Still, he expressed moderate optimism in business prospects in view of issues of national concerns such as power supply, infrastructure and security in parts of Nigeria which are flashpoints for ethno-religious crisis and other social unrests.
“There is a concern that the 2019 elections may affect business and growth expectations,’’ he observed.
For the commercial counsellor, Austrian Embassy in Nigeria, Ms. Nella Hengstler, exports are gradually increasing and Nigeria is still one of Africa’s top business destinations.
One of the high points of the event was the revelation by the Consul General, Consulate General of Switzerland, Mr. Yves Nicolet, that no fewer than 35 companies will arrive in Nigeria by October.
In her opening remarks, the Deputy Consul General for Germany, Lagos, Mrs. Alexandra Herr explained the rationale behind the business coalition which aims at promoting bi-lateral relations and attract more investors to the Nigerian business sector.
“We believe we all face the same problems and have the same success stories,’’ she said while recounting some of the past and current activities of the Austrian German Swiss Business Outlook.
During the question-and-answer session, the group was charged by some of the journalists to invest in human capacity development through the establishment of vocational centres in Nigeria in order to meet with the challenges of qualified technicians and engineers in their various organisations.
The first stage of the building construction which is preparation of foundation trenches setting up of foundation bases and walls have been a success story. Currently the construction team is in the final stage of the first stage (construction of the sub structure) which is 80% to completion.
Note: The bases of the sub structure was designed in such a way that it will withstand vibrations ,internal and external pressures as a formidable hardcore combined with well compacted laterite fillings formed part of its mass concrete floor.
Attached are pictorial illustrations on work progress on site.
The Job center construction kicked off on the 8th of January 2018 with excavations. Almost all the wall partitions formed part of the sub structure.
Reason: They are load bearing walls,hence must come up from earth so as to transfer loads directly to the ground which is the ultimate load bearer.
* A blinding thickness of 4" inches was layer on the foundation trenches. 9" inches block served as walls sub structure preparation and will also be used in super structure (surface) construction
* The building witnessed an introduction of columns at the discretion of the site project manager/Trainer .This is to ensure stability and check on future cracking of the building since it spans beyond 30 metres .hence a structural columns at 5 metre interval .
* Height of DPC also was elevated to standard.
Our trainees paying attention to details to the trainer / site Project manager .