FG Plans to Establish 24 Skills and Innovation Centers Nationwide through TETFund Initiative

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In a recent development, the Federal Government, through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), has unveiled its intention to establish more than 24 skills and innovation centers across the country.

The announcement was made by the Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, during his visit to Innov8 Hub in Abuja, accompanied by key stakeholders, including TETFund’s Executive Secretary, Sonny Echono.

Innov8 Hub, recognized as a hub for Innovation Start-up Incubation, Technology Transfer, Knowledge & Skill Impartation, Prototype Development, and Fabrication, has become a focal point for practical training and mentorship for Nigerian youths and academics in collaboration with TETFund. This partnership aims to produce employable graduates and enhance research initiatives.

Minister Mamman emphasized the government’s commitment to providing equal opportunities for all Nigerians by establishing 24 skills centers across the nation. He commended TETFund and Innov8 Hub for their efforts in providing practical research opportunities for learners and researchers from Colleges of Education, Polytechnics, and Universities.

During his visit, Mamman expressed optimism about the impact of Innov8 Hub, stating, “What I have seen here is a place that gives hope to the young ones who have ideas, a disposition to acquire basic skills needed for a decent livelihood.”

He acknowledged the potential of the hub in advancing Nigeria to greater heights through knowledge incubation.However, the minister highlighted the challenge of missing off-takers and emphasized the need for collaboration between researchers and industries. He pledged to advocate for this collaboration, bringing in entrepreneurs to witness the capabilities of Innov8 Hub and bridging the gap between academia and industry.

Mamman concluded by promising to engage relevant ministries and ensure the government’s active involvement in generating a skilled workforce. The goal is to provide necessary training for young Nigerians, including those from Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps, fostering their skills and contributing to the nation’s development.

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