Ekiti State Government has reiterated its resolve to partner with any well–meaning individuals and philanthropic organizations on youth’s empowerment and overall development of the state.
The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose stated this while commissioning the Samsung Engineering Academy built by the state government in conjunction with Samsung International Electronics Organization at the government Technical College premises, Ado Ekiti.
Fayose who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Kolapo Olusola said that his administration was committed to empowering the youths with technical and vocation skills to make them self-reliant and job creators which invariable would reduce unemployment among the teeming youths.
He said that his government’s intention was to fast- track the structural development of the 5 technical schools in the state one after the other for skills acquisition and job creation.
The governor charged the beneficiaries of the academy to cultivate good maintenance culture so that the partnering organization could be motivated to do more for the state.
In his welcome address, the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Jide Egunjobi said that government has committed about N79 million on facilitating excellence in the technical colleges in the state since inception, stressing that those seeking technical and vocational knowledge could look forward to a life time of unprecedented economic fulfillment. He said that developing world can sustain itself and tackles the global economic meltdown and the unemployment rates by focusing on vocational trainings and changing the orientation of the people from white collar jobs to entrepreneurial and vocational – based employment generation.
Representative of the Partnering organization, Mrs Abosede George-Horgan said the academy which has the capacity to train 100 students at a time is well – equipped to provide skills training, creating decent jobs and fast track youths’ self – employment scheme.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Managing Director of Samsung Electronics West Africa, Mr. Brovo Kim who was represented by Mrs. Abosede George-Organ, expressed the gratitude of the company to the government of Ekiti State, particularly for its unwavering support which resulted in the successful completion and commission of the Samsung Engineering Academy, Ado-Ekiti.
He explained that Samsung Electronics West Africa has noted with concern the high rate of unemployment and low level of skill acquisition among the youths and has been taking decisive steps to assist in bridging the gap.
Brovo said the commissioning of the Engineering Academy, Ado-Ekiti which is the second of its kind in Nigeria was a dream come true for Samsung and a reaffirmation of Samsung global commitment to positively impact the lives of the youths who are the core of the society.
The Samsung Managing Director charged the Ekiti State government to put in place a maintenance mechanism for the Academy.