The President of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN, Mr. Kashim Ali says technical education is a foundation for the country’s technological growth.
Mr. Ali gave the assertion in an interview with Voice of Nigeria in Abuja.
The COREN president said no country would have fast technological advancement without a good foundation in technical education.
He said that the Council had commenced negotiations with the state governors, with a view to finding lasting solutions to the challenges of technical education in the country.
“ You know, it is the state governors that are in charge of technical education and we have written proposals to twenty state governors on the way technical education could be brought back to life, but only Lagos, Katsina, and Kano states have started responding to it,” he said.
The President noted that the Council organized a one day stakeholders meeting in Abuja to bring experts in different engineering fields, to put ideas together on possible ways to revitalize the lost glory of technical education in the country.
“The meeting had the theme, Technical Education, Manpower shortage. We discovered that the future of technical education in Nigeria is bleak and we will not allow that to happen,” he said.
Mr. Ali, while calling on government to develop the school curriculum on technical education that will meet international best practices, remarked that a house built on a solid foundation would never collapse.
“We want government to pay more attention on the improvement of technical education so that it will be more attractive and viable; we have the potentials waiting to be exploited,” he said.
The COREN President also enjoined the government to encourage made-in-Nigeria goods.