In 2015, shortly after his inauguration, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu established Abia State Education for Employment (E4E) programme to manage the Human Resource Capital of Abia State; providing competent skilled workforce to support the industrial base of the State and indirectly increase its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
To ensure sustainability, the Governor, through the E4E programme started developing 3 technical colleges - one in each senatorial zone. The colleges chosen were; Boys Technical College, Aba, Secondary Technical School, Afara, Umuahia and Government Technical College, Ania Ohafia.
In recognition of his efforts in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) in the State, the Federal Ministry of Education, assisted by the World Bank has provided a grant to enable the Governor complete the task he began in 2015. The project is called Innovation Development and Effectiveness in the Acquisition of Skills (IDEAS). It will commence this year and has a duration of five and half years.
For the pilot project, 6 States were chosen from the 6 geopolitical zones of Nigeria. Abia State is representing the South East. The 4 main components of the project are:
1. Partnership with the Industry for labour market orientation of public Technical Colleges;
2. Improved skills formation in the Informal Sector;
3. Increased availability of competent and motivated technical teachers and instructors; and
4. Strengthened regulatory environment and public management capacities.
A 2-day workshop was held by the Federal Ministry of Education in partnership with the World Bank on the 13th - 15th of January 2020 to progress this matter. Abia State was represented by the Principals of the 3 colleges, the Project Coordinator, one industry partner and the State Focal Person - The Director General of Abia State Education for Employment (E4E) Agency (Endi Ezengwa)
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