Dr. Bawumia and other dignitaries during the sod cutting ceremony on Monday
VICE PRESIDENT Dr. Alhaji Mahamadu Bawumia has stated emphatically that the country’s industrialization agenda, which is a brainchild of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is still intact.
According to him, the president upon assumption of political office in 2017, set out a clear plan to industrialize the country to accelerate development and that great dream is certainly on the right track.
“The president in 2017 set out a clear plan to industrialize Ghana and one of the key pillars of that agenda is to revamp and modernize Technical and Vocational Educational and Training Centers (TVET)”, he said.
The Vice President indicated that the government’s decision to construct a whopping 32 TVET institutions across the 16 regions of the country, was an indication that the industrialization agenda was on course.
He was speaking at a sod cutting ceremony in the Bosomtwe District town of Abrankese in the Ashanti Region on Monday to officially kick-start the establishment of 32 TVET centers in the country project.
“At least two state-of-the-art centers will be established as part of the government’s efforts to advance the industrialization agenda in the country”, the Vice President announced, attracting wild applause.
According to him, it is the goal and ambition of President Akufo-Addo to make Ghana a world class center for skills development and a leading country in TVET education and training in the entire African continent.
The Vice President also pointed out that the government believes that the training of more technical and vocational brains would make it easier for industries to get the right people to employ for prompt delivery.
“In the world of work today, skills is what matters most. It is not certificates anymore, it is more about skills”, Dr. Bawumia indicated, reiterating that government’s industrialization agenda is on course.
Touching on the 32 TVET centers to be constructed in the country in three phases, with two for each region, he stated that the NPP government is correctly keeping its promise that it firmly made to the citizenry.
The TVET, he said, has eight core objectives and they are “improving youth employment, equipping youth entrepreneurship skills and making easy public access to TVET institutions, just to mention a few”.
According to Dr. Bawumia, low percentage of vocational and technical skills graduates has been the bane of the country for many years, stressing that the NPP administration wants to change the trend.
“TVET is the key in pushing for Ghana’s industrialization agenda”, he emphasized, stressing that TVET should be made attractive to the youth so that industries would readily get right people to employ.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, on his part, stated that the NPP government has introduced several policies and programmes to improve the lives of the youth, who are the future leaders.
The Education Minister, Yaw Osei Adutwum, heaped tons of praises on Dr. Bawumia for his tireless efforts and hard work to improve lives and accelerate national transformation, urging him to sustain his good works.
I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr