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NABTEB, NGO organize conference on vocational education

The National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB), North Central Office in partnership with National Association of Technical and Vocational School Proprietors of Nigeria (NATESVOSPON),…

The National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB), North Central Office in partnership with National Association of Technical and Vocational School Proprietors of Nigeria (NATESVOSPON), has organized a 3-day national conference on technical education.
The conference with the theme: “The Role of Technical Conference on Technical and Vocational Education in the Industrialization of Nigeria” was held in Abuja, on Monday.
In her keynote speech, The Registrar and Chief Executive of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB), Prof. Ifeoma M. Isiugo-Abanihe applauded the effort of NATESVOSPON for organizing the conference.
"Your effort in organizing this conference demonstrates to the large extent your determination to promote technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Nigeria (TVET)”. She said.
According to her, the gesture has attested NATESVOSPON’s support of NABTEB in its effort to broaden access to education through assessment and certification.
She said the conference falls within the period that NABTEB is celebrating the 25th year anniversary of its existence.
She also said that poor perception of technical and vocational education and training was the major reason why some African countries could not turn around their economies.
She described the negative view on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as a major setback in Africa.
In his keynote address, the Minister of State of Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka said that nation’s development is greatly linked to the technical competence of its citizens.
“Nations like United States of America, Japan, China, Russia to mention but a few are today world powers as a result of their technical advancement and superiority”. He said.
Anwuka who was represented by his Special Assistant on Political Matters, Mr Frank Ibezim emphasized the importance of technical and vocational skills of the Nigerian youth.
He said there was no single industrialized country that was able to reach its present height without first developing the technical and vocational skills of her people.
He however emphasized the need to give Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) its rightful position in all tiers of country’s educational system.
Speaking ealier, NABTEB Zonal Cordinator, North Central Zone, Mrs. Ruth Popoola, emphasized the importance of vocational skill in the country.
 

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