For it decisive efforts in ensuring that technical colleges are well equipped with the modern tools to boost students learning, Ondo and Lagos State Governments have lauded the contribution of MTN Foundation to the development of youths and technical education in the country.
The commendation was made recently as the Foundation through its Corporate Social Investment vehicle upgraded the workshops of technical colleges in Ondo and Lagos State under its Youth Skills Development project, (MTNF YSDP).
Speaking at the formal commissioning of the project in Government Technical College, Owo, Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State said “MTN Foundation has identified an important aspect of education that is required to move the economy of the nation forward and they are complementing the efforts of the government to uplift this sector of education.
“Your assistance is commendable and it would lead to the building of capacity for students making them competent and employable,” he said.
On his part, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State, while commissioning the project in Government Technical College, Ikorodu, said the importance of technical and vocational schools cannot be overemphasised because they provide the country with the requisite skilled workforce in every conceivable vocation.
He expressed delight that MTN Foundation believes in the idea of revamping technical schools around the country.
Pascal Dozie, chairman, MTN Nigeria, revealed that the Youth Skills Development Project was conceived from MTN’s recognition of the importance of empowering the Nigerian youth.
According to him, “The project is aligned with the Federal Government’s efforts to raise the level of entrepreneurial skill acquisition as this will boost technological advancement, which MTN also recognises as a major driver of socio-economic development.”
The MTNF Youth Skills Development project was implemented in four states: Lagos, Ondo, Kaduna and Sokoto. The benefiting schools in the selected states include: Government Technical College, Owo, Ondo; Government Technical College, Ikorodu Lagos; Malali Government Technical College, Kaduna; and Government Technical College, Farufaru, Sokoto. While Ondo and Lagos have been commissioned, Kaduna and Sokoto are scheduled for commissioning in March/April.
The MTNF YSDP intervention project involves the refurbishment of the laboratories in the beneficiary schools in six skill areas: electrical installation and maintenance, instrumentation mechanics, refrigeration and air conditioning, furniture design and construction, plumbing and pipe fitting, fabrication and welding through the provision of state-of-the-art equipment and furniture installation.