The Korea International Cooperation Agency and Dana Motors have concluded plans to revive technical training and vocational education in Kogi State.
It was learnt that Dana Motors would provide and share new technologies of the automobile industry as well as support students of the Nigeria-Korea Friendship Institute of Vocational and Advanced Technology located in the state.
A statement by Mavis Eta of KOICA Nigeria Office, Abuja explained that KOICA Country Director, Sook Hyun Park and Dana Motors Limited Vice President, Olu Tikolo held a meeting with the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello in Lokoja on Wednesday where they discussed possible areas of cooperation for the project.
It stated that KOICA proposed a tripartite agreement for a project that would support the revitalization of technical and vocational education and training in Kogi State.
The statement said, “The proposal highlights that KIA Motors, which is Korea’s automobile company would provide and share new technologies of the industry as well as support students of the Nigeria-Korea Friendship Institute of Vocational and Advanced Technology located in Kogi state, while KOICA would coordinate with the state government for the project initiation and commencement.”
KOICA explained that in 2015, it completed and handed over a $3.5 million Vocational Training Centre to Kogi State Government.
It said that the training institute was designed to be a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for technical education and vocational training meant to attract technical students from all over the region.
The school, it noted, offers trainings in Welding and Fabrication, Automobile Engineering, Electronical Engineering and Information Technology.
KOICA however, disclosed that the NKFI has not been given accreditation, noting that the school currently runs short-term-courses (3-6 months) in ICT, Welding & Fabrication, Electrical and Electronics, adding that 44 students had so far graduated.
“KOICA hopes that the 3Ks project would strengthen the relationship between the engaged parties, ensure the long-term sustainability of the institute, and empower graduates,” it said.