Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State says his administration will give top priority to technical education because of its importance to efforts to fast-track the state’s development.
Sule gave the assurance on Thursday during his on-the-spot assessment tour of the facilities of Government Technical College, Assakio, in Lafia Local Government Area of the state.
He said that his administration would ensure the provision of the needed technical equipment, consumables and other accessories to all technical colleges across the state.
He said that technical education was critical to efforts to develop the intrinsic talents in students to enable them to become engineers and other professionals who would provide the technical manpower for the state and the country at large.
The governor said that his administration was fully committed to ensuring the proper grooming of all professionals, which the state and the country needed to take up future challenges.
Sule noted that Government Technical College, Assakio, which was established in 1982, was one of the leading technical colleges in the country in the 1990s.
“But today, the school is in a sorry state; owing to the dilapidation of infrastructure and absence of the required equipment for a recognised technical school,” he said.
He said that the visit to the college was meant to assess its current situation, so as to explore means of addressing the poor state of facilities in the school.
Sule reiterated the determination of his administration to ensure the development of technical education in the state, adding this led the government to establish the School of Technical and Vocational Skills in Lafia.
He pledged that his administration would do everything possible to give the required attention to the institution in efforts to facilitate speedy development of the state.
He said that his visit to Assokio was also a fulfilment of his campaign promise to the people of the area to ensure the resuscitation and development of the famous technical college.
The governor was accompanied on the visit by the Commissioner of Education, Fatu Jimeta-Sabo and the Chairman of Lafia Local Government Council, Aminu Mu’azu-Maifata, among others.