Director General of Abia State Education for Employment Agency, Endi Ezengwa and his partner Innoson were invited by the Benue State Government to support their drive for industrialisation and Human Capital Development - post COVID-19.
Innoson is an expert in industries and entrepreneurship.
DG is an expert in the management of human resources through skills acquisition. They were received by an extended EXCO.
The Director General, Abia State Education for Employment Agency (E4E), Mr. Endi Ezengwa, says the State is in partnership with Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited, a Nigerian Automobile manufacturing company to establish a model workshop in Umuahia.
Mr. Ezengwa disclosed this in an interview with ABIA ONLINE after a meeting with Delegates from the National Board for Technical Education and Federal Ministry of Education, coordinating the Innovative Development Effectiveness in the Acquisition of Skills (IDEAS) project.
According to Ezengwa, when operational, the workshop will link Ohia Mechanic Village, Umuahia with Afara Technical College, so as to have an auto-mechanic workshop that can service State vehicles among others in Umuahia.
The DG used the opportunity to reveal that the State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has planned to establish a Technical Vocation Training Village where he will build dormitories, various workshops and factories where youths from all over Abia State will be trained in various trades and vocations.
He maintained that the Training Village has mapped out courses that are relevant to Abia State especially Aba leveraging on areas of strength for the State.
He identified some of the courses that would be available to include Leather and Garments, Fabrication and Welding, Building and Construction, Furniture Craft Practice, Agriculture, Automobile Maintenance.
On why the delegates are in the State, the Director General said, "Their mission is to access the three Technical Colleges that have been chosen for intervention. Their report is required for Abia State to qualify for the grant. They want to know what is wrong with the schools so as to identify the areas of intervention."
Speaking also, the leader of the delegation and Head Procurement, National Project Secretarait, IDEAS Project, Mr. Aleshe Ademuyiwa and a member of the delegation, a Deputy Director, National Board for Technical Education, Kaduna, Mr. Ismail Tanko disclosed that they are in Abia State to carry out inspection and accreditation of trade subjects and for sensitization in the three Technical Colleges selected for intervention in Abia State under the World Bank/IDEAS Project.
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The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr A.C.B Agbazuere has expressed satisfaction over the level of success recorded by the Education 4 Employment Program in the state.
Dr Agbazuere who made his feelings known when he received in audience in his office the Director General and Management of E4E program, challenged the first fruits of the program to help in advancing the economy of the state.
The Chief of Staff disclosed that government understands that for the required increase in output and economic growth in the state to be realized, youth empowerment cum employment is vitally needed adding that the state government will continue to deploy every mechanism towards eradicating youth unemployment in the state.
He further disclosed that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has through the program laid a solid foundation for Abia graduates to do exploits within and outside the state promised to look critically into some of the challenges confronting the agency.
Earlier in his speech, the Director General E4E, Mr Endi Ezengwa said that the program which is the brain child of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is aimed at providing not just the required education but also the necessary support that leads directly to public, private or self employment in other to reduce over dependence on white-collar jobs.
Mr Ezengwa further pointed out that over 30,000 Abians were identified and captured in their database to be trained in various vocations including ICT, Beauty Therapy, Fashion and Designing, Leather Works, Welding and Fabrications among others appealed for government assistance to enable them run the program effectively for the overall good and development of Abia youths.
Correspondent Ugochukwu Ahuchogu reports that the Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development Chief Emeka Ikwuagwu, Permanent Secretary Government House, Mr Alozie Odoemelam among other top government functionaries were present during the visit.
The management of Abia State Education for Employment AGENCY (E4E), led by the Director General, Mr. Endi Ezengwa yesterday, the 2nd of September, 2020 paid a courtesy visit to the Ministry of SME in Umuahia.
The visit, primarily, was to intimate the Honourable Commissioner Mr. Onyema Wachukwu on the activities of the Agency. Mr. Ezengwa took time to explain the concept of E4E, it's core mandate and activities carried out since inception.
Responding, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of SME Mr. Nkwachukwu Agomuoh thanked the DG for coming. He reiterated their willingness to collaborate with E4E Agency to harmonize the activities of the SMEs and bring them to an acceptable standard across their various trades.
He said that the Ministry has a roadmap for implementing policies as it affects the SMEs and stand ready to help them in terms of market accessibility and other incentives to grow their businesses.
The Commissioner, in his response thanked the team for coming and emphasized the need to harmonize activities in order to avoid duplication of duties.
He promised the Ministry's assistance and cooperation in the quest to sanitize the SME sector to be able to drive the economy optimally.
The highlight of the meeting was an agreement to further discussions going forward and a possible Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry and E4E Agency.
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