The Lagos State Government has stressed the need for youths in the state to embrace vocational training and technical skills instead of desperately seeking academic certificates alone.
The wife of the Lagos State governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, said this during the inauguration of the Lagos Culinary Academy at the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, Agindingbi, Ikeja.
Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by Mrs Mojisola Fashola, stated that technical platforms are the keys to developing the country’s economy, noting that the culinary academy would help to reduce poverty and unemployment in the state. She said, “Without adequate skills, youths will not be able to take up available job opportunities. Technical skills training like those provided across the technical colleges address skills gaps required in the world of work.
“It is also gratifying that the Culinary Academy here at the Government Technical College, Agidingbi, recognises the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship. The Academy has been developed to provide skilled professionals who will be sought after across Lagos and Nigeria in the food, beverage, hospitality, tourism, and other relevant industries.”
The Executive Secretary of LASTVEB, Moronke Azeez, assured residents that the board would continue to provide vocational education for youths across the state.
“LASTVEB would continue to oversee the five technical colleges in Lagos State and think, in order to come up with innovations as far as technical and vocational skills are concerned and to provide vocational education for the labour market and self-employment,” she said.