BREAKING: FG to establish 24 skills, innovation centres nationwide

The Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman, has announced Federal Government’s intention to establish 24 skills and innovation centres nationwide to empower Nigerians and enhance productivity.

Professor Mamman made the declaration during his visit to the Innov8 Hub in Abuja on Tuesday.

Accompanying him were Arch. Sonny Echono, the executive secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund), and various stakeholders.

The Innov8 Hub serves as a focal point for Innovation Start-up Incubation, Technology Transfer, Knowledge & Skill Impartation, Prototype Development, and Fabrication.

Currently, TETFund collaborates with Innov8 Hub to provide practical training and mentorship for Nigerian youths and academics, aiming to produce employable graduates and foster research initiatives.

Emphasising the need for equal opportunities, the Minister expressed his vision to establish 24 skills centres across Nigeria, ensuring accessibility for all Nigerian children.

He commended the Innov8 Hub, stating, “What I see here is enough to provide the knowledge incubation to take Nigeria to the highest level.” He lauded the hub’s role in nurturing young talents and equipping them with essential skills for a sustainable livelihood.

While acknowledging the partnership with TETFund, the Minister highlighted the crucial role of off-takers in bridging the gap between researchers and industries. He pledged to advocate for greater collaboration between government, entrepreneurs, and relevant ministries to harness the potential of such initiatives.

Furthermore, Mamman vowed to provide comprehensive training opportunities for students, including those from internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps, to equip them with essential skills for employment and entrepreneurship.

The government’s commitment to establishing these centres signifies a proactive approach towards addressing the skills gap and fostering innovation and productivity across Nigeria.