Dr Uchechukwu Ogah, the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development has said that Nigeria doesn’t need “grammar schools” anymore.
He said the country needed skill acquisition institutions for rapid growth and development.
This was stated during a visit to the Metallurgical Training Institute, Onitsha in Anambra State.
He described the institute as significant for national increase and development.
The minister said the Federal Government had fulfilled arrangements to regularise the legal framework for the successful operation of the institute.
He maintained that the ministry of mines and steel development would optimize its focus on the institution to enable it to achieve the goal it had set out to achieve, which is imparting skills.
He said, “We are 60 per cent through with the regulatory framework for the institute; the bill has been approved by the Federal Executive Council and will soon be presented to the National Assembly.
“The idea of MTI is to train people in skill acquisitions and not necessarily to award certificate because what the country needs today is a skill-based education.
“The ministry wants to see how it can build on the foundation that has been laid so that when one has completed the institute, he/she can work in any institution in the nation.
“In the next year, there will be a great change in the institute because the ministry would expose it, globally.”
“My ministry is ready and capable of ensuring that the school is given the necessary support to make sure it competes favorable with any other schools of its kind around the globe.
Communicating, Biakolo Alisigwe, the temporary Director /Chief Executive of the institute, thanked the minister for visiting, describing the minister’s presence as a morale booster and an open testimony of his determination to take the institution to the next stage.
She believed that the school runs a modular programme of study which is 20 per cent theory in six specialized courses of Industrial electrical engineering and 80 percent practical, Instrumentation and control system engineering, Heavy mobile equipment maintenances engineering, Industrial metallurgy and foundry engineering and Steel fabrication and welding engineering.