World Bank, EU Pledge Sustained Partnership With Delta

BY ANDREW IKEHI
THE World Bank and the European Union (EU) yesterday said they will continue to partner with the Delta State government in ehancing the growth and development of Technical and Vocational education in the state.
The Delta State Coordinator of the World Bank and European Union (EU) Sponsored State Employment and Expenditures for Results (SEEFOR) project in the state, Mr. Benson Ojoko made the bank’s position known during the Technical and Vocational Fair Competition and Project Exhibition organised in partnership with the World Bank, EU and the Delta State government.
Ojoko explained that the World Bank and EU have decided to sustain their partnership with the state government in that direction given the import of Technical Education and vocational education to the growth and development of the state economy.
He posited that available records have shown that Technical and Vocational Education as well as agricultural institutions play critical role to the Nation’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP), hence, “the Need for the sustained parnership” Ojoko added.
The State SEEFOR Coordinator commended the Delta State government for encouraging the growth and development of Technical Vocational Education in the state, stressing that the partnership have so far been yielding the desired results
The result, according to Ojoko include among other things, an astronomical increase in the enrollment of students into the state owned Technical colleges, which he noted were almost devoid of students before the intervention.
He said, “Technical and Vocational Education as well as Agricultural institutions hold the key to economic growth and development of any nation. This is why the World Bank and European Union (EU) are taking active part in funding TEVEB in the state.
“It is on record that Technical and Vocational Education have critical roles to play in our GDP.
“The Delta State Government haven recognised the import of Technical Education entered into partnership with the World Bank and EU in order to be able to support TEVEB in the red dimensional prongs which include improve the learning environment, build the capacities of students and their teachers, as well as provide starter packs to enable them hit the ground running.
“We, (The World Bank and EU) are proud to associate with this project and we will continue to partner with the State government in this direction” Ojoko added.

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