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Skill 'G' / Tetfund Funded Science, Technology and Engineering (SET) Training and Capacity Building for 73 Universities in Nigeria Kicks Off - 2015-05-28

Skill 'G' Nigeria Limited commences the training of 292 lecturers and technologist from 73 federal and state universities across the country. The training which started on May 4, 2015, at the College of Engineering, Gregory University, Uturu, Resource Centre, serving as training base for Skill 'G', to be used throughout the duration of the training, is to end on August 21, 2015. The training which is divided in batches has six batches in all. The first batch of forty-two (42) lecturers and technologists from ten Universities across the country gathered at the auditorium of the Centre on the opening day for the epoch making event. The training of the lecturers and technologists from the universities will cover modern development in technology in the following four (4) course areas: Autotronics, Electronics, Science and Communications, Mechatronics, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. The essence of the project is, apart from supply and delivery/laboratory rehabilitation, to develop teachers and lecturers with skills in modern technology for the world of work - who would be able to work across disciplines of new process, mechanical: electrical process, agriculture, communication, robotics, engineering, to identify and use the proper combination of technologies for optimum solutions to today's increasingly challenging engineering problems. The teaching and learning laboratories / workshops deployed during training as focused areas is also meant to assist the lecturers and technologists to be more effective in the use of new technology equipment and obtain latest effective hands-on learning and teaching of their students upon completion of training. President Goodluck Jonathan in consideration of Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technological (STEM) education in Nigeria in higher education graciously approved the 2nd and last phase of the expansion/completion of the Tetfund intervention in special science, engineering and technology (set) project in Universities that was started by former President Olusegun Obansanjo, who did the first phase which checked adaptability of the equipment to Nigerian schools. One hundred and fifty (150) Nigerian engineers who were trained in Israel with four Israeli experts would train the lecturers / technologists from the 73 state and federal Universities in Nigeria on the use and maintenance of the Science, Technical and Technological Education equipment that will be installed in the universities. It is expected that after this training programme the Nigerian trained engineers and technologists can also support various universities who might need their services The project would be executed in two years covering the four components. The components are as follows: 1) Supply and delivery of set laboratory, teaching, learning laboratories/workshops equipment in 73 universities in Nigeria. 2) The training of 292 lecturers/technologist from the benefitting institutions, the rehabilitation of 4number laboratories that will house the new set hands-on training equipment. 3) Provision of 5-year spare parts to support the laboratories for use to support learning, and, 4) monitor and evaluate the project performance with a view to deepening the research and development capabilities of various institutions. The training is very complete and covers a wide range of very interesting issues related to the latest development in the areas of electronics, mechatronics, autotronics, refrigeration and air-conditioning. The expectation is that when the trainees return to their universities, they will have all the tools in their hands needed to implement laboratories for technological education as well as research and development. The vision of Skill G is to attract people to technology, because this is what ensures the future of every country. It will be recalled that UNESCO, NBTE and all other stakeholders led by the former President Olusegun Obansanjo, had laid the foundation for STEM in Nigeria which set the foundation for Nigeria to move into the new acceptable technology, learning laboratory/AID workshop to be brought to Nigeria. This enabled all stakeholders especially National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), the Federal Ministry of Education, Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC), to work out more acceptable workshop equipment to be used after the review of curricular. This led to the first phase that 20 universities received equipment on the pilot phase which was sponsored by NNPC and PTDF. This expansion and completion stage was awarded by the President Goodluck Jonathan so that no university would be left behind so that technology advancement will pick up in all the universities at the same time. It is important to note that in the past 16 years, Skill 'G' has pioneered the revamping of formal and non-formal education and pushing on technological advancement in SET in Nigerian education system with a view to addressing the trend and improving the study of science, technology and mathematics in Nigeria, as well as inculcating the new methodology in both teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Nigerian schools.