Governor of Edo state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has said that his administration would seize the opportunity which the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) offers to infuse technical education into the state’s education system.
Governor Obaseki spoke when the Registrar/Chief Executive, NABTEB, Professor (Mrs.) Ifeoma M. Isiugo-Abanihe, and members of the Board’s management team paid him a courtesy visit in his office at Government House, in Benin City. The NABTEB Chief Executive was also accompanied on the visit by a former Registrar/Chief Executive of the Board, Professor David Awanbor.
The Edo state governor observed that any nation that seeks to join the comity of advanced nations should pay attention to the institution that helps to develop human capacity.
“We see a huge opportunity for us as a state, that if we can take the lead and begin to convert, redirect our human capacity, converting those skills and energy into ones that can lead to efficient productivity, the state will be better for it”, the governor said.
According to the governor, the strategy of his administration is to use institutions like NABTEB to begin to look at the current education system and infuse technical education into the curriculum.
“This step will help our students to do something with their hands as they graduate from senior secondary school or at any phase of their lives. We want to work closely with your institution, maybe we can start with 50 schools where we would ensure we have technical training component”, Governor Obaseki added.
The NABTEB Registrar/Chief Executive, Professor (Mrs.) Ifeoma M. Isiugo-Abanihe, who had congratulated Mr. Obaseki on his election as the governor of Edo state, appreciated the governor’s passion for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) going by his public statements and actions since his assumption of office.
The NABTEB Chief Executive observed that that the governor’s passion for skill acquisition and promotion of technical education binds the state government and the Board and, therefore, makes collaboration imperative.
Besides, Professor Isiugo-Abanihe underlined the fact that NABTEB certificates have multiple advantages, saying “Unlike what obtained in the past when technical education was considered as a dead end, the Ordinary and Advanced Level Certificates (i.e. the NBC/NTC and ANBC/ANTC ) awarded by the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) now guarantees career progression, self-employment and job/wealth creation in the world of work, as well as upward in educational development or academic pursuit”.
The NABTEB Registrar added that with the Modular Trade Certificate Examination, which is designed to harness the potentials of artisans and the teeming unemployed masses, “Our Board’s collaboration with your visionary government promises to accelerate the pace of socio-economic development of Edo state, as well as facilitate useful engagement of the teeming youths, thereby significantly reducing crime”.