BY: Nick Nwaneri, Calabar
More than 100 youths have benefitted from different skill acquisition training organized by National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASAEI) in Calabar, Cross River State.
The skills acquisition training and youth empowerment are based on modern methods of electrical installation and maintenance.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Engr. Mohammed Sani Haruna said the programme is the first phase in the South South regional skills development by the Agency.
According to him, “electrical installation, repairs and maintenance will no longer be metre conducting, piping or trunking of cable channel and streaming overhead conductors, adding that electrical installation is beyond lighting point and socket outlets , it is about remote control and wireless operation”.
Haruna disclosed that the training is therefore to familiarize the trainees not only on the current advances on the new and emerging technologies in electrical installations, repairs and maintenance but also to prepare and equip them with competencies to meet the challenges of the next Industrial Revolution.
He noted that this type of skill development is a key prerequisite towards the development of a competent work force for Nigerian.
The state deputy governor, Prof. Ivara Esu who represented the Governor, prof Ben Ayade at the occasion commended ( NASAEI) for bringing such a big event to Calabar, saying, ” we do hope that in future, many other programmes, especially in plumbing, tiling, and any other artisan works Will be organize, by the institution.
“Nasaei is a well known brand, it is almost a University on it’s own adding that the state is happy because it has come to cross River State.
“I really wish that we started with you, we would have gone far” stressing that the state would like more collaboration with NASAEI.”
Earlier, High Chief Edem Duke said the elaborate initiative of NASAEI through the instrumentality of the President in identifying Cross River State as a pivot for the stimulation of the initiative in the South South.
He said it is worthy to note that the Vice chairman of the Agency has indicated that this is indeed the beginning of greater prospect and further investment especially in the area of skills acquisitionFor the young men and women.