FG to Establish Over 24 Skill, Innovative Centres

The Federal Government, through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), is to establish over 24 skill and innovation centres across the country to assist Nigerians gain their potential and boost productivity.

Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman, made this known in Abuja, when he paid a visit to Innov8 Hub, along with critical stakeholders, including the Executive Secretary of TETfund, Arch. Sonny Echono.

Innov8 is a focal point for innovation start-up incubation, technology transfer, knowledge & skill impartation, prototype development and fabrication.

Recall that TETFund is currently partnering with Innov8 Hub for practical training and mentorship for Nigerian youths and academics to produce employable graduates and boost research.

Mamman said the plan to provide 24 skill centres across the country was to give equal opportunities to all Nigerian children wherever they were.

He also commended TETfund and the Innov8 Hub for supplying the learners and the researchers from colleges of education, polytechnics and universities with the platform to undertake very practical impactful research.

“Now, what I see here is enough to provide the knowledge incubation to take Nigeria to the highest level.

“What I have seen here is a place that gives hope to the young ones who have the ideas, who have a disposition to acquire basic skills that they need to move on and have a decent livelihood.

“What I have seen here is a major source of inspiration and we are going to work with the sector as they are already doing with TETFund.

“We want to be grateful to TETfund for this relationship. This place is owned by a private person but working closely with one of the government agencies in the education sector that is supplying the learners and the researchers from Colleges of Education, Polytechnics and universities to come here and undertake very practical impactful research,” the Minister said.

He, however, lamented that what was missing was the off-takers, saying that the off-takers were not doing their part.

Mamman, therefore, promised that this time around, the government would ensure bridging the gap between researchers and industries.

“I’m going to be the chief advocate in this regard. I’m going to bring in some of the big entrepreneurs to come and see this place and also ensure that some of our people in relevant ministry positions come here and see what this place is doing and the potential it provides to this country.

“We will also train our students and give them skills. We are going to work together to generate a lot of young Nigerians who are out there from IDPs and everywhere to give them the necessary training”, he said.