Federal University Otuoke in collaboration with Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has set motion in place to train 92 Bayelsa youths in various skill sets within a 14 week period begining in July 2014.
The partnership reached its final resolution when the Vice Chancellor, of Federal University Otuoke, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko, led a twelve-man delegation to the NCDMB office in Yenagoa the Bayelsa state capital.
While reacting to the warm reception from the Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr. Ernest Nwapa and top Management of the Board; Prof. Aluko commended efforts by the Board and the Enterpreneurship and Skills Development Unit (ESDU) FU Otuoke for their dialogue and plan which has led to this final resolution.
He further described FUO and NCDMB as sister institutions pointing out that the artisan training is designed to create synergy that will transcend into human capacity development.
Elaborating on the Entrepreneurial components of the training, the VC said both theoretical and practical components have been outlined, accredited consultants positioned, while accommodation for trainees and office space for consultants are still being worked – out.
Other issues raised by the VC were: Medical Health Insurance for trainees, cost implication of the programme, employment opportunities and conformity of trainees to University rules and regulations.
On his part, the Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr. Ernest Nwapa said the collaboration is in fulfillment of one of its mandates which is to intervene in capacity building for citizens.
“Over- dependence on government is the bane of our society “Engr. Nwapa said, promising that NCDMB is poised to support Nigerians to become self-reliant and productive.
According to him, NCDMB will ensure it relates with educational Institutions for vocational trainingfor artisans, noting that the collaboration with FUO is timely and involves a long term strategy that will pay-off.
He announced that the best amongst the first set of 92 trainees will be absorbed as workers in the construction of a 17 storey building project which will serve as an adjunct programme designed by NCDMB for the artisan trainees.
Mr. Nwapa stressed that the training will be supported by lasting physical structures in FUO intended to leave a legacy that will promote quality and standard practice.
The FUO and NCDMB artisan training collaboration will cover welding, painting, carpentry, electrical work, amongst others.