The World Bank has announced $3 million grant to three government technical colleges in Ekiti State. This is coming under the Bank’s Innovation and Development Effectiveness for Acquisition of Skills (IDEAS) programme.The World Bank team disclosed this after a meeting with Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, in Ado-Ekiti. According to the Bank’s Senior Education Specialist, Dr. Tunde Adekola, the IDEAS programme, which would focus on technical and vocational education skills and would be private sector-driven.

Adekola who stressed that the programme, aims at skills acquisition for youth employability and empowerment, would provide training and certification for middle level manpower. It is intended to make technical colleges to return to their original purpose of establishment.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, said the World Bank team was confident that the planned five-year programme aligns with the knowledge-based economy that is being pushed by the state government.

Fayemi expressed optimism that the programme will address the deterioration of craftsmanship; stressing that government must make technical and vocational education a desire.

He faulted the belief in some quarters that technical education is meant for dropouts, adding that there is the need for “psychological reorientation” so that “people would know that not going to the university does not mean you are a failure.

In a related development, Fayemi has pledged support for the Federal University, Oye Ekiti to overcome the challenges facing the institution.

He made the pledge when the school’s Governing Council visited him, led by its Pro-chancellor, Prof Tunde Samuel, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Soremekun and other principal officers.

Meanwhile, Fayemi, has honoured Obafemi Awolowo University’s Overall Best Graduating Student, Dr. Aarinola Olaiya, who he said demonstrated the core values of hard work and excellence for which Ekiti people are known.
The 24-year old Usin Ekiti-born graduate of Medicine had distinctions in 11 courses, breaking the institution’s 28 years old record.

A statement by the governor’s media aide, Yinka Oyebode, said Fayemi attended the 43rd convocation of the university at Ile Ife, specifically to honour Aarinola.

The Governor said she had shown that Ekiti is not a state of stomach infrastructure, but the country’s intellectual capital.

He added that Aarinola would be given all the support she desires in her quest for greater heights. Fayemi said Ekiti is not a state of stomach infrastructure, but a centre of excellence in this country when it comes to intellectual capital, adding: “It is about promoting the knowledge economy and celebrating the very best of us who have a lot to teach the rest of us, because I know medicine is not a tea party.

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