Secondary Schools Students in Ekiti State will soon begin to attend a short course training at the Technology Incubation Centre, Ado-Ekiti to acquire entrepreneurial skills and training that would make them self-reliant, even before they write their final certificate
examinations in SS3.
The State Deputy Governor, Dr Kolapo Olusola gave the hint during his assessment visit to Technology Incubation Centre in Ado- Ekiti recently.
The Deputy Governor who visited the centre along with the State Commissioner for Education, Mr. Jide Egunjobi, said that he was highly impressed with the various products made from locally sourced raw materials and improvised technologies.
He disclosed that he was at the Centre, purposely to see how the Centre could be of assistance in the training of students to compliment government’s effort in its Schools Enterprise Programme in the secondary schools which was aimed at making the secondary school students acquire necessary entrepreneurial skills that would make them
self reliant even before leaving school.
While being conducted round the Centre by the Centre Manager, Mr Olufemi Olugbenga, the Deputy Governor noted that people were not yet aware most of their products and other advantages the Centre could offer in terms of entrepreneurial skill acquisition trainings.
He therefore advised the management of the Technology Incubation Centre to explore a better marketing strategy that would promote their products and get the people informed of the abundant training and skill acquisition opportunities the centre could offer by having
distribution outlets and offices at strategic locations in major markets in the State.
Also, the commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Jide Eegunjobi, who accompanied the Deputy Governor on the visit, advised the centre to obtained NAFDAC numbers for some of the products which were yet to be accredited and approved by NAFDAC.
The Centre Manager of the Technology Incubation Centre, Mr Olufemi Olugbenga, in his remarks explained that the Centre was established by the Federal government to hunt for and assist in the development of talents.
He emphasized that the centre was well furnished and equipped with necessary facilities to train people, especially the youths and equip them with entrepreneurial knowledge and skills that would make them self-reliant and create employment opportunities for the unemployed.
He appealed to the state government to assist in facilitating NAFDAC approval and registration numbers for some of their products and the provision of 500KVA transformers as well as financial grants to sustain the centre.
Some of the products from the centre include locally made power inverter, cane products, cosmetics, antiseptics, metal fabrication; kerosene stove wools, local rice processing and others.
Sunday, December 16 2018, 7:51 am