Awka -The Anambra government has signed a memorandum of understanding with11 companies to serve as hands-on centres for students of vocational schools.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN reports that the companies are into plumbing, building and construction, electrical engineering, blocks and concrete works.
Others are carpentry and upholstery, mechanical engineering and confectioneries, among others.
Its Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, who signed the agreement on Thursday on behalf of the government, said it became expedient to develop a generation of entrepreneurial youths.
Omenugha said this was in addition to the 3,500 technical education students who were undergoing vehicles body building and maintenance at the Innoson Motors.
She said the managers of the firms would also serve as resource persons in the 12 registered vocational schools in the state.
“We want to make our students match the theory of the class with practical, we want them to be real producers of value and by extension the new middle class entrepreneurs.
“The administration of Gov Willie Obiano is doing a lot in the education sector and is also making sure that the educational needs of all are met,” she said.
Chief Albert Agbata, a plumber, who spoke with newsmen, said they were happy with the interest of the government in their trade and promised to give good training to the interns.
Agbata described artisanship as very rewarding and urged the government to create an enabling business environment for them to thrive. (NAN)