The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has promised an enabling
environment for technical and vocational education at a virtual event organised by the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, LASTVEB to celebrate the World Youth Skills Day on
Wednesday, 15th July 2020.
He said, “We need to create an enabling environment for technical and vocational
education for those kids to be able to do well and excel. There is the need to sit
down and have a roadmap that will change the narrative as regards technical
“There is always this stigmatisation around technical education where people think
that students who go to technical schools are inferior or not as brilliant as those who
go to conventional schools. As it is now, we have seen now that there is no blue
collar job again, everything now revolves around what you can do with your hands
that can create jobs for you.”
The governor added that the state would harness available resources to engage the
youths and work towards reducing poverty by 2030.
“By 2030, everybody has been saying there is going to be global reduction in
poverty; Lagos needs to lead that conversation, if indeed we are going to be seeing
reduction in global poverty. I know that we’ve got great ideas around technical and
vocational education; we will provide all the needed resources to achieve our goals
in this regards,” Sanwo-Olu said.
Corroborating the governor, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Technical
and Vocational Education Board, Ms.Moronke Azeez, called on stakeholders in the
education sector to try their best to stop the negative perception of technical and
“The negative perception of technical and vocational education must end, it is not a
social service; technical education is one of the path to achieving learning. It is a
path that will enable young people to fulfil their heart desires and dreams. We are
targeting over 8,000 students over the next three years to come into our technical
colleges, to be skilled and be able be placed for decent jobs,” Azeez said.
Speaking further, Azeez emphasized " We must push back against the general
negative perception of technical education. There are many path ways to learning.
Technical Education is one path way for a young person to pursue his/her dream".
The theme of the event, which involved many participants n speakers from far n
wide, especially in the technical field, was “The new normal: Implications of The
Pandemic on Jobs and Future Skills Development.” It is the first – ever of the World
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