Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has said his administration will leverage on agriculture and technical training to generate employment for the people of the state.
Engineer Sule stated this at the palace of the Emir of Keffi, while welcoming Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who was in the state to officially launch the Federal Government’s Tradermoni free loan scheme on Tuesday.
The governor said his administration is initiating several interventions aimed at generating employment for the people.
Engineer Sule informed the Vice President that in the next few days, his administration will commission an incubation centre that will have 12 different technical disciplines that will provide training for the people in the area of electrical engineering, carpentry, mechanical engineering and wielding fabrication.
Other skills to be impacted at the incubation centre include, air-conditioning, radio and television, auto mechanics among others.
He further disclosed that the government is also working hard to commission a skills acquisition centre for tailoring built by former deputy governor, Silas Agara aimed at empowering mostly women.
“All these we are doing because in Nasarawa State what we need clearly is employment for our people, and we strongly belief Sir, that is one of the reasons why you are coming here today,” Engineer Sule told the Vice President.
While also welcoming the Vice President, Emir of Keffi, HRH Alhaji Shehu Chindo Yamusa, called for a review of the country’s education system at bot the primary and secondary school levels, with a view to inculcating technical and vocational skills in children.
The royal father used the opportunity of the visit of the Vice President to make case for a constitutional recognition for traditional rulers, not in terms of functions but as respect for their roles in the society.
Responding, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the Federal Government is extremely concerned about how to improve education, technical education in particular.
The Vice President said the Federal Government will be cooperating with the states in doing more in terms of technical education and also in supporting the states for education, especially primary education and the first three years of secondary education.
Osinbajo recalled President Muhammadu Buhari’s interaction with the 36 state governors on June 20th, during the inauguration of the National Economic Council, where the President said FG will enforce along with the state governments, the law on free and compulsory education for the first nine years of a child’s school life.
“Education is key to economic success, it’s the key to self-realization and it’s the key that enables the person to live a dignified life,” the VP stated.
The Vice President equally disclosed that a major focus of the Federal Government is the education of young women. “And we hope we will be able to get the cooperation of the states. There is an urgency about education, we are going to do all we can to support the states in doing so.”