NCDMB hands over vocational school to UI
The Nigerian Content Development and Control Council has handed over the vocational school at the University of Ibadan to the tertiary institution.
The board said it built the vocational school in line with its capacity building mandate and the 10-year Nigerian content strategic roadmap.
Handing over the facility to the university’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, NCDMB Executive Secretary, Simbi Wabote described the feat as a milestone in the development of Nigerian content.
He said the strength of Nigeria’s economy and prosperity lay in the hands of skilled craftsmen, craftsmen and labourers.
He said that the University of Ibadan, located in the central senatorial area of Oyo, was represented by Senator Teslim Folarin, who served as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content and was a huge supporter of the activities of the NCDMB.
Wabote described the event as a great opportunity to assess the Nigerian content journey and the state of the 10-year strategic roadmap.
He said the vocational school was to produce top notch talented craftsmen, craftsmen and laborers who would help Nigeria change the narrative from dependence on imported goods and equipment to total dependence on the regard to products made in Nigeria.
The NCDMB boss noted that the University of Ibadan was Nigeria’s premier university and renowned for its academic achievements, as he challenged the center to launch Nigeria’s much-needed industrial revolution.
“With the rapid advancement of technologies and skills required today and for the energy transition and the future of the oil and gas industry, the inauguration of this vocational school is a clear call to the University of Ibadan to lead the establishment of Nigerian competitive advantage once again,” he said.
Wabote said the scope of work being carried out at the center includes the construction of the main building consisting of three workshops and three classrooms, each for the mechanical, electrical and welding and fabrication trades, as well as offices for the director of the centre, the administrative staff and the receptionist.
He said the council’s investment also included construction of generators and gatehouses, provision of a borehole and water storage facility, fencing and landscaping of the center premises, supply and the installation of a 500 KVA generator and the training of technical teachers in the use of the installed equipment.
He advised the University community and stakeholders to ensure proper maintenance of installed facilities, support for sustainability and the appointment of quality staff so that the huge investment is justified.
The University of Ibadan Vocational School, according to the NCDMB, was the third vocational school the council would develop.
In his address, Senator Folarin said he was delighted to have facilitated the establishment of the multi-billion naira high-tech skills center.
He said the facility was designed and built as a unique platform to train the citizens of Oyo State in different skills in oil and gas and other sectors of the Nigerian economy. .