The Kwara State Government has taken delivery of equipment and training tools purchased for the various workshops at the International Vocational Training and Entrepreneurship College (IVTEC), Ajase-Ipo.
Recall that Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed last month approved the release of N143m for the procurement of modern vocational equipment for IVTEC in preparation for the commencement of the center.
Speaking during the inspection of the equipment on Wednesday, the State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Engr. Musa Yeketi said the machines and training tools are for the five departments of the College.
The departments are Automotive, Masonry and Carpentry, Electrical and Electronics, Welding, as well as Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning.
Yeketi noted that 95 per cent of the purchased equipment have been delivered and that the remaining ones will be delivered in few days time. He added that with the arrival of equipment, the Centre is ready to take off.
The Chairman of IVTEC Board, Prof. Abiodun Adimula, while fielding questions from journalists said he was satisfied with the quality of equipment purchased for the institution and expressed confidence that academic activities will commence at IVTEC next September.
Adimula stated that in the next few years, the College is expected to produce highly skilled middle-level manpower and commended the State government for its huge investment in the College.
According to him, the vocational center will help reduce crime rate in the State as the government has provided opportunity for youths to develop themselves and acquire market relevant skills that will make them productive.
He also disclosed that the College management was working on creating synergy with tertiary institutions in Kwara such as the University of Ilorin, Kwara State University, Kwara Polytechnic as well as technical schools within the State.
Adimula said that IVTEC will also be a good training ground for tertiary institution students to undergo their SIWES programme and acquire relevant skills, noting that most universities in the country cannot boast of the facilities available at IVTEC.