Ifemeni Harts Okowas’ Strides In Technical/Vocational Education

THE Senior Special Assistant to
Delta State Governor on Agriculture,
Hon. Aneke Ifemeni,
has lauded the administration of
Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, with regard
to technical and vocational education
Responding to a telephone call
yesterday in Asaba, Hon. Ifemeni, the
pioneer Majority Leader of the Delta
State House of Assembly (DTHA) said
that slant on technical and vocational
education by the Okowa administration
remained a major selling point of
the government.
According to Ifemeni, the priority
accorded technical and vocational
education, just as in respect to agriculture,
depicts the Okowa administration
as well guided with regard to
global trends. He said that this was
because of the many beneficial effects
of such engagement.
His words, “The priority on technical
and vocational education is a right
step in the right direction. It is a good
step because that is the direction
the whole world is going. We had it
before, but the advent of the oil-led
economy destroyed that. Nigerians
abandoned technical education, trade
and craft as soon as crude oil production
began to hold sway.
However, I am glad that the Okowa
administration has done the right
thing in this direction by its adequate
quality attention to the education
sector. Technical and vocational education
keeps everyone busy and it has
many benefits.”
Ifemeni named the gains of effective
technical and vocational education
to include viable skill impartation
in trainees, job creation, promotion
of self-sufficiency and enhancement
of peace and security by the erosion
of the social vices associated with
He added that with the emerging
culture of technical and vocational
education in the state, the tempo of
peace and harmony in the state would
be significantly improved, given that,
as he said, “once unemployment is addressed,
the economy will boom and
insecurity will drastically improve
and the environment will be safer for
everyone of us.”
The former state lawmaker urged
the state government to actively
examine the possibility of extending
vocational skills training to formal
secondary schools in the state, as part
of efforts to create a pool of potent
young school leavers needed for the
development of the state.