The difference between developed and developing nations is manifested in rating the degree of use of technical education in development strategies. While the developing nations are holding to traditional methods,the developed are using developed modern tecniques to bring improvement to living.
Technical and Career education systems are strategies that provide ingredients for Development. Vocational Education is a course of study which prepares the individuals for jobs that are based on manual or practical activities. Vocational education is a job specific, it helps a person secure employment in his chosen field and promotes entrepreneurship. Technical and vocational education therefore benefits the beneficiaries directly by providing earning advantages to the general good of the people and the Country at large
The Murtala Nyako administration came on board with a laudable Skill Aquisition programme to solve unemployment among youths and to give a sound footing for industrial take off for Adamawa State. Towards this end, different categories of skills Aquisition and Technical institutions were established across the State to uplift capacity for entrepreneurship in Adamawa State. Laudable as the programme is and been handled professionally by German experts, it was not backed by Law.
When the programme was taking off I followed it with the required interest, and made friends with some of the German engineers handling the programme. I was impressed with the strategy and hoped it will make great impact on the pathern of development and growth of the State. But strategy for the foundation was not solid because no organisation within the government was authorise to monitor, supervise and call the shots.
The machinery and other accessories imported from Germany are internationally recognised and best to equip even higher technologically tertiary institutions. The German experts went with the Nyako impeachment and nobody seems to care about what is happening to the investment done in this sector with public fund. Which government department is even responsible for technical institutions?
The relevance of this programme to our youths and the entire developmental strategies of the State requires Governor Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla to set up a powerful Committee to review the programme and put it in the rightful perspective to move Adamawa to the next stage.The review committee will put the requirements in place to ensure its success.