Edo - Edo State has approved grants worth more than N100 million to all the state owned technical colleges.
The World Bank-supported grant is aim to revive technical education in the state.
The funds are the first in the series of grants earmarked under the World Bank’s State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) for the revitalization of technical education and skills acquisition across the state in the next three years.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole said his administration would continue partnering with local and international partners to ensure the speedy development of local manpower in the state to make the state competitive in the regional economy of Southern region.
The Governor called for strict adherence to the procurement guidelines set by the World Bank and urged Principals and Project Implementation Committee members to ensure implementation of the agreed school improvement plans.
The SEEFOR Coordinator in the state, Taiwo Akerele, praised the state Government for its support for quality education, skills acquisition and manpower development in the modern economy.
He announced that the efficient utilization of this tranche will encourage the SEEFOR and the State Government to replenish the funds in the 2014 fiscal year.
The World Bank, the European Union and Edo state are collaborating together to get full accreditation for courses and programs been offered by Technical schools in the state through the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
This is been achieved through the SEEFOR strategy, which aims to equip the schools and train the teachers through a direct grant to the schools.
– CAJ News