How FG’s Skill Acquisition Programmes Improved Living Standard Of Nigerians -Umana

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Umana Umana, has said, the Federal Government was boosting the living conditions of Nigerians through vocational trainings in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), electrical works, agriculture, masonry, and carpentry.

The Minister stated this at the commissioning of a skills acquisition centre in Abaezi, Imo State, according to a statement by the Director Press and Public Relations ,Deworitshe Patricia on Sunday.

The center has been handed over to the Federal Polytechnic at Nekede .It is to be used as a back-up facility for practical training in technical education.

It is made up of an administrative block; technical blocks; a conference building; an ICT centre; a cafeteria; student hostels; a clinic; a ware house/store; a road network; sport facilities; covered drains; a generator house; and a water treatment plant for reticulated water supply.

The facility has the following for staff housing: 4-bedroom detached duplexes; 4-bedroom semi-detached duplexes; blocks of 16 two-bedroom flats; and 2-bedroom semi-detached bungalows.

The Minister said, the project was handled by local contractors as a deliberate policy to create jobs for youths in the community and to impart skills.

Umana urged the host community to protect the training facility and guarantee its long-term use.

Governor of Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, who was represented by the Deputy Governor of the state, Prof. Placid Njoku, while expressing his gratitude to the federal government, advised the Polytechnic to see the provision of the facility as a further incentive to do more in deepening its reputation as the leading tertiary institution in the country in innovative practical education.

The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs targets all the nine states of the region with skills centre. Some of the centres have been completed and put to use over the years, while some are at advanced stages of completion.

The skills centre in Otuoke, Bayelsa State, was handed over to the Federal University Otuoke for use in 2015.

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