The World Bank is set to grant three government technical colleges in Ekiti State $3 million as an intervention under the Bank’s Innovation and Development Effectiveness for Acquisition of Skills(IDEAS) programme.

This was brought to light during a meeting between World Bank Team with Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital on Wednesday.

According to the Bank’s Senior Education Specialist Dr Tunde Adekola, the IDEAS programme would be centralized on technical and vocational education skills and would be private sector-driven.

Adekola, who stated that the programme targets skills acquisition for youth employability and empowerment, added that IDEAS would provide proper training and certification for middle-level manpower that would see Technical Colleges return to their original purpose of the establishment.

Adekola added that the World Bank was happy the five-year programme aligns with the knowledge-based economy being pushed by the Fayemi-led administration.

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

Fayemi faulted the belief in some quarters that technical education is meant for drop-outs, said there was a need for “psychological reorientation” so that “people would know that not going to the university does not mean you are a failure”.

The governor, who restated his readiness to improve youth empowerment in the state, said his administration would provide necessary support for the immediate take-off of the IDEAS programme in the three benefiting technical colleges in the State.

IDEAS is the World Bank’s SEPIP successor programme. SEPIP was started in Ekiti State in November 2013 under Governor Fayemi and the programme had seen to the establishment of various education-related projects including the ongoing rehabilitation of the Government Technical College, Ado Ekiti.

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