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Nigeria – Vocational and Technical Education and The Skills Gap

Lack of technical education translates to an annual loss of almost a billion naira to the economy

The lack of skilled manpower in Nigeria is aptly portrayed by the experience of Kazeem Adesina, a youth corps member deployed to a construction firm.

“I considered myself lucky because I studied Civil Engineering and was posted to a construction firm but the first site we went to, the only job they could give me was to clear grass,” he says.

“That is the way it is in construction industry and even Oil and Gas. We [Nigerian graduates] are not considered to have enough technical expertise.”

The World Bank’s policy paper on vocational and technical education says developing countries need to improve productivity throughout the economy if they are to compete successfully in an era of rapid economic and technological change…

via The dearth of skilled manpower in Nigeria | Daily Times Nigeria.

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