By Fidelia Ben-Udi
The Honourable Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Engr. Lawrence Ejiofor, has received yet another award of excellence in honour of his contribution to the Nigerian Society for Engineers, his humility and selfless service to humanity.
He received this award from the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Asaba Branch, during their Public Annual Lecture tagged; Engineering/Technical Education; A veritable Tool for National Growth, held at Hotel Benezia, Asaba.
Engr. Ejiofor who is a member of Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has consistently shown his support and contributed immensely to their development hence, well deserving of the award.
Lending his voice to the theme of the lecture, he reiterated the commitment of the Okowa led administration to ensure sustainable development by youth empowerment as investment is currently being made towards the development of technical education in the State.
He said that being equipped with the technical education gives direct opportunity to youths to learn both theory and practical aspects of their vocation, thereby enabling them to cater for themselves, being eligible for gainful employment and entrepreneurship.
Giving a brief speech at the event, the Honourable Commissioner for Technical Education, Princess Omashola Daibo, disclosed that the State government has embarked on a project to establish Technical Institutions in each local government as a way to ensure profitable engagement of the youth.
The Commissioner who was ably represented by the Permanent Secretary Dr Moses Bragiwa, encouraged parents to take advantage of the infrastructure being developed by Delta State government for Technical Education as the State government has made the enrollment with the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) free.
The National NSE president, Engr. Tasiu Sa’ad Gidari-Wudil, FNSE, represented by Engr. Dauda Okoduwa FNSE, in his speech said that technical education is a vehicle for encouraging innovation for technology advancement and job creation. He therefore applauded the Asaba Branch of NSE for making moves to promote it.
Giving the lecture, Engr. Prof. Adisa Bello, FNSE, FAEng and registrar, COREN emphasized the need for practicality in engineering education as this will directly impact on the quality of engineers, hence the need for technical education and the existence of COREN for regulation of the activities of engineering graduates.
He lamented the inability of our formal education system even at the University level, to effectively equip the students with practical knowledge. He said the curriculum may be intellectually sound but doesn’t afford the students a ‘hands on’ approach making their skill in the field shaky, hence the need for technical education.
With about 257 accredited universities, 134 technical colleges, 219 colleges of education in the country offering technical and vocational education, Engr. Bello expressed hope that they all comply with the regulations that apply to make for best practices in engineering as a way of building a sound foundation for engineers in the making.
He commended the Delta State administration for its giant strides in developing technical colleges and recommended that governments around the country and the private sector invest massively in this aspect to ensure capability of the tons of graduates that are churned out of the educational institutions.
Earlier, in his speech, the Chairman NSE, Asaba Branch, Engr. Christ-opher Ayidu, FNSE noted that technical education was in existence before Western education mostly in form of apprenticeship programs, but became more organised afterward.
He explained that “technical education is one that equips with skills that involve the use of practical approaches and other physical instrument in executing projects. He stated that it is key to addressing Nigeria’s retrogressive manner which depends mainly on the Dutch disease calls crude oil and constant effect of white collar jobs”.
Engr. Ayidu opined that the solution to fraudulent means of income common among the youths is resident in the engineering technical education. It is upon this premise that the Exco of NSE, Asaba Branch selected their theme.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of awards to the recipients as follows; Engr. Lawrence Ejiofor, Engr. Emmanuel Odogun, Engr. Perezide Fuludu, Engr. Ogaga Edewor, Engr. Okoh Idenedo, Hon. Engr. Emmanuel Sinebe, Engr. Uyota Onome-Irekefe, Engr. Michael Dottie, Engr. Franklin Omusi Oghenero.