Skill Development Is The Only Key To State’s Self Actualisation - Fashola
Jun 26, 2008 - Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Thursday stated that the earlier the Nigerian nation pays more attention to skill development the quicker it would be for her to be self sustainable.
Governor Fashola who spoke while commissioning the Egan/ Igando Skill Acquisition Centre located at Igando in the Alimosho local government area added that skill acquisition is the key to job creation just as job creation is the key to self actualization of a nation.
In his words: “Skill acquisition in technical education plays a strategic and vital role in the development of the manufacturing sector of our economy especially at this modern age of science and technology where the progress of a country depends upon its industrialization policy. No country can develop without the required technical know- how as this is capable of reducing level of poverty amongst the populace.
Education, Governor Fashola emphasized, provides skills, which provides opportunity for employment and jobs through which poverty can be combated and human dignity sustained.
Governor Fashola added that the unique thing about the vocational centre is that it is serving as the location to launch the expansion of curriculum of skills and vocation hitherto available at all vocation centers and give the opportunity to fulfill all electoral promises.
He explained that as an administration, the present government places much premium on free vocational/ skill acquisition in Lagos State and is not unmindful of the fact that the beneficiaries of such skill acquisition would want to practice and earn income from their new skills upon completion.
He added that this informed the creation of easy access to credit loans for grassroots men and women and beneficiaries of skill acquisition centres who already have small/micro scale enterprises and those who seek to establish small scale businesses through the state supported micro financé scheme.
Governor Fashola stated that in providing the skill centres, the present administration has helped to combat the scourge of poverty manifested through joblessness and unsavoury incidences of social vices such as gangsterism, hooliganism, thuggery, prostitution, drug abuse and robbery to the barest minimum.
He congratulated the people of Egan for being the first community to benefit from the six newly introduced technical /skills in the expanded curriculum that now incorporates Welding, Aluminum Fabrication, Tile, /Interlocking Stone Laying , Vulcanizing & Wheel Balancing, Printing/Lithographic Transfer, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning installations and repairs in addition to the existing vocation in Hairdressing/Barbing, Computer Appreciation and Programming, Fashion Designing/Sewing, Catering/Hotel Management, Textile/Hat Design, Photography, Adult Literacy and Counseling
Governor Fashola stressed that “our work in government has brought us close to the poor. It has shown us the unacceptable conditions which they endure. Our initiatives with skill acquisition centres, road constructions and our other commitments to expand opportunities in the economy has reaffirmed our faith in the creativity of human beings especially those who have seized the opportunities with both hands as they resume in large numbers at our various sites to earn a living”.
He thanked the people for the patience and understanding they have displayed since the unfortunate incident of pipeline explosion occurred in Ijegun some months ago, adding that the road construction which was going on when the incident occurred would soon be resumed.
He added that the construction of the road remains central to the provision of the dividends of democracy to the people of Alimosho area, a cause which the present administration is irrevocably committed to.
Governor Fashola said in the next three years, the Lagos State Government would construct eleven major roads and four bridges for the people of Alimosho, stressing that the people should be patient as the government is determined to take development to every locality of the state.
While alluding to the dexterity displayed by the school pupils who staged various cultural shows at the event, Governor Fashola said the State remains committed to ensuring that the comfort of teachers and school pupils is accorded utmost priority at all times.
In his goodwill message, the National Coordinator of the National Poverty Eradication Programme,(NAPEP) Dr Magnus Kpakol commended the level of achievements recorded by the Governor since assuming office.
Dr Kpakol stressed that with partnership, a foundation which can sustain the future of Nigeria can be built and pledged that NAPEP would forge a collaboration with Lagos State to tackle and defeat poverty.
Dr Kpakol said people are poor because they lack empowerment and the tool to work with and pledged that NAPEP would provide the needed capital for participants in the skill acquisition programme to procure working tools.
In her remarks, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Joke Adefulire appealed to parents and guardians to encourage their children to take advantage of the tuition free training centre to enroll and develop their God given potentials in order to better their lot in life.
The event which drew a large crowd of people including dignitaries from financial institutions was attended by the First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs Abimbola Fashola, members of the State Executive Council and traditional rulers.