The Project Consultant of the multi-billion Dakaada skill acquisition centre in Akwa Ibom, Mr. Churchill Udoh, has said the institution when completed will undertake 10,000 students in five years.
He said the state government had even commenced moves to secure international certification for graduates of the school.
Udoh, who disclosed this to newsmen while inspecting the complex, Wednesday in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of the state, said the institution which is at 98 percent completion would be commissioned before May this year and will initially commence with 500 students.
The consultant stated that the international certification to be accorded by the City and Guild of London would be in addition to that of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and other relevant trade certification bodies.
Udo said the University of Lancaster, University of Lagos, and other tertiary institutions have already expressed interest in an exchange programme with the centre while different national professional bodies have been notified for proper accreditation of its courses.
Udoh further explained that the institution is established to give hope to many talented Nigerians and make them self-reliant, and also make them employers of labour.
The facility covers 12.8 hecters of land, Udoh explained it has, global standard hostels for males and females, staff quarters, an industrial kitchen/bakery three surveillance centers with CCTV cameras, alarm systems, and properly controlled flood channels.
According to him, the School is built to be self-sustaining after six months it commenced with the incorporation of commercial services to be executed by the students while both the short-term and long-term courses to be offered are expected to last for between three months to one year.
Courses to be undertaken include Civil Technologies, Mechanical Engineering, Automobile Engineering, ICT, Fashion/Tourism/Hotel Management, Agriculture, Steel Fabrication, Carpentry works, Sport, agribusiness, and General Studies
“The greatest problem that has confronted Africa as a whole in the last 33 decades is the issue of migration and hopelessness of its young people, the inability of the society to engage them effectively and give them a sense of focus and purpose.
“Over time, the quality of education has drastically dropped in that situation when His Excellency was campaigning during his first term, he promised to take skill, vocational and entrepreneurial training seriously and that is what we have witnessed today.
“This is an old Technical College funded by the World Bank but we have added 18 brand new structures, an 1,500-capacity chapel/event center, and three surveillance Centres with CCTV cameras.
“We also built staff quarters, Industrial kitchen and bakery for internal use and commercial purposes, poultry for 45,000 birds, space for 65,000 free-range birds, a ranch to accommodate 4000 cows and 6000 other herbivores, and a 60,000 litres water storage for irrigating the feeding areas for the herbivores,” he said.
He commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for the project which he said would also provide the required manpower for the industrial revolution embarked upon by the state government.