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Bill to Establish Vocational Schools Passes Second Reading

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House of RepresentativesA bill for an Act to establish regulated Vocational Schools for Skills Acquisition in Nigeria passed second reading at the House of Representatives on Thursday in Abuja.

Femi Gbajiabiamila, who sponsored the bill, said that the proposed legislation would address the problem of unemployment among Nigerian youth.

“When you engage the youths you reduce poverty, unemployment and enhance their dignity,” said Mr. Gbajiabiamila, an Action Congress of Nigeria lawmaker representing Lagos State.

The bill refreshes memories that education is not restricted to formal form and further appraises the need to embrace non-formal education for better skill acquisition, according to Mr. Gbajiabiamila.

Ironically, we have automobile engineering graduates being turned out year in-year out by our institutions who cannot repair their faulty automobiles; except for the intervention of road-side mechanics, he added.

The establishment of the proposed federal vocational schools would give opportunity to men and women, who were skilled and talented, to learn more.

The bill, which seeks to establish the proposed vocational schools in the six geo-political zones of the country, also takes into account financial constraint as may be faced by the vocational school and its applicants.

According to the bill, funding for the vocational schools shall come from annual budgetary allocation and “moderate training fees;” while applicants from poor homes can access fund from the proposed ‘Nigeria Education Bank’.

Other members who supported the bill were Frank Enekorogha (PDP-Delta), Zakari Mohammed (PDP-Kwara) and Chineye Ike (PDP-Abia).

After the bill passed the second reading when it was put to vote by Aminu Tambuwal, the Speaker, it was referred to the Committee on Education for more legislative input.


Source: Premium Times

May 15, 2013 |

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