At a time like this when the standard of primary and secondary education has been on a steady ride down south, technical colleges seem to be coming to the rescue.

Nigerians need skills and majority of the public secondary schools around cannot give the students these skills.

This is why Technical colleges have become parents' best bet for equipping their children for the future.

At the moment, Nigeria has 110 technical colleges but the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) says that is a figure far short of what the nation needs to cater for its growing population.

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Dr. Mas’udu Kazaure is the Executive Secretary of the NBTE and wants the Federal Government to establish more technical colleges.

Nigeria is supposed to have at least one technical college in each of the 774 Local Government Areas,” Kazaure said.

So, the next time you give your electronics to a technician and he does not fix it well, what that should tell you is that there is a deficit in the number of technicians that are in Nigeria.

If the nation wants to check this skilled labour deficit, it must establish these technical colleges Kazaure told reporters in Kaduna on Wednesday.

“Based on the nation policy on education, we are supposed to have 774 technical colleges across the country, but we only have 110; 17 federal colleges, 90 state colleges and three owned by private.

“This means that we still have deficit of 664 technical colleges that needs to be established.

“We need to establish more technical and technological institutions to improve access to technical education and boost our technical, innovative and inventive skills that will meet our industrial needs,” he said.

According to him, there was also the need to focus on building skills for key economic sectors that will support the country’s socio-economic transformation for sustainable development.

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Kazaure said that the board has 523 technical institutions under its purview comprising 112 polytechnics, 35 colleges of agriculture, 29 colleges of health sciences, and 26 specialised institutions.

Others are 138 innovation enterprises institutions, 110 technical colleges, and 73 vocational enterprise institutions.

He identified some challenges affecting the technical education system to include delay in the review of Federal Polytechnic Act, release of funds and non-payment of salaries in many state’s polytechnics.

“There is also security challenges resulting from non-release of enough funds to settle the out-source services, shortfall of personnel allocation to polytechnics and responsibility allowances.” he added.

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