From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Aliko Dangote, Chairman of Dangote Group
The Kogi State Government is to partner with Dangote Academy on acquisition of vocational and technical skills among the youths in the state.
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Wemi Jones disclosed this when he led a team on a maiden facility tour to Dangote Academy Technical Training Schemes over the weekend at Obajana in Lokoja Local Government Area of Kogi state.
According to the Commissioner, the visit to Dangote Academy has been quite revealing, it’s actually to me a revelation that something of this magnitude exist in this State.
”But thank God, the people that spoke with us alluded to the facts that quite number of Kogi indigenes are also part of the trainees.
”According to them, a number of Kogi indigenes have graduated and have already been absorbed by Dangote Industry, and we are quite happy about that.
He noted that aside the Dangote Academy partnering with Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH), there would be lots of strategic collaborations also with Nigeria-Korea Friendship Institute (NKFI).
”Even beyond the CUSTECH, I see a lot of areas of strategic collaborations with the NKFI in the state, which was established to offer similar things to what the Dangote Academy is doing.
”We need to increase the volume as far as NKFI is concerned, and I can see plenty of areas of strategic alliance and collaboration with the Dangote Academy.
”As for CUSTECH, it is established primarily to do what Dangote Academy Obajana is doing. So, for me, this is one of the best visit I have made since I became Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in Kogi”, Jones said.
The commissioner, therefore assured the determination of Governor Yahaya Bello, to repositioning education sector in the state especially technical and vocational education.
He further urged the youths in the state to take advantage of the vocational and technical institutes in the state to get themselves empowered with viable and sustainable practical skills.
Earlier, the Administration and Student Affairs Coordinator of Dangote Academy, Mr Korede Fadeyi, said that the academy commenced operation in October 2010 with the first batch of 48 trainees under the Vocational Training Scheme (VTS).
Fedeyi added that a total of 703 trainees had been admitted while 652 have graduated till date.
According to him, the ADF-VDMA partnership involves the collaboration between the Aliko Dangote Foundation, Germany’s VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) and its Foundation for young Young Talent in Mechanical Engineering (NWS).
He explained that the ADF-VDMA idea arose from the shared vision about addressing the deficit in vocational skills required in the manufacturing sector in Nigeria.
He added that the training program combined Nigerian requirement with German expertise and technology Know-how, which involved theoretical and in-plant practical engagements.
”The Long Course Programes
Mechanical are: Welding & Fabrication, Vucanization
Control Technology and Maintenance of Makchines
Basic in Mechanics and fitter works
”The Electrical includes: Electrical Installations, Electrical Machines, and Advanced Measuring Techniques”, He said.
The Commissioner was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Pastor Emmanuel Idenyi, who reiterated the commitment of the Governor to revamping education sector in the state.