By Isaac Kertyo, Makurdi
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has expressed support for a project called Innovation, Development and Effectiveness in the Acquisition Skills (IDEAS), saying it is due to its impact on the agricultural sector of the economy.
Ortom made this disclosure during the sensitization workshop organized for Principals of unity colleges and members of steering committees and projects team of IDEAS by the Federal Ministry of Education in collaboration with the World Bank held at the Benue Hotels Makurdi,.
The governor who noted that the agricultural sector was very important to Benue and other states said the development of any nation depends entirely on its technical workforce and called for proper training of technicians.
Ortom who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Engr. Benson Abounu added that technical colleges should not be treated as institutions for drop outs, described the IDEAS project which support the science technology, engineering and mathematics based education policy of the state as one of the best things that has ever happened in the country.
Also speaking the Commissioner for Energy, Science and Technology, Dr. Godwin Oyiwona, expressed joy over the workshop which was meant to address implementation modalities of the IDEAS projects and uplift technical schools which had suffered neglect.
Dr. Oyiwona who contended that Benue was making efforts in repositioning the citizenry through policies and programmes that would impact its technical education sub-sector, implored participants to make inputs and acquired the knowledge to enhance the success of the projects for the repackage and rebranded technical schools.
The Permanent Secretary, Mr. Sunny Echoni, who was represented by the Director, Technology and Science Education Department, Mrs. Elizabeth Adedigba, said the IDEAS project which was launched in six states including Benue, Abia, Edo, Ekiti, Gombe and Kano was designed to invest in skills development as a tool for national development and breach the gap in manpower needed for the turn around of the country.
In his remark, the representatives of World Bank, Dr Tunde Bukola, said the aim of the project was to address the shortcomings of vocational and technical education in the country and make it become attractive to the youths. He expressed optimism that other states would key into the projects.