In a significant move to enhance vocational and technical education in Edo State, Governor Mr. Godwin Obaseki finalized a tripartite agreement on Tuesday. This collaboration involves the State Government, the Chinese Government, and Yongxing Steel Company, based in Edo. The deal aims to bolster vocational skills, foster cultural and educational exchanges, and create valuable opportunities for Edo youths to pursue studies in China.
Before the official signing at the Government House in Benin City, Governor Obaseki conducted a virtual meeting with key representatives, including Edo State Commissioner for Education Dr. Joan Oviawe, Rector of Edo State Polytechnic Engr. Sylvester Omoruyi, the Chinese Consular General in Lagos Ms. Yan Yu Qing, and the leadership of Fuzhou Polytechnic in China led by Prof. Chen Niandong.
This collaborative initiative is anticipated to prepare Edo youths to work with Chinese firms, providing them access to high-quality technical and vocational training from the esteemed Chinese Polytechnic. The agreement is not merely about sending students to China for studies but also involves preparing them for employment opportunities with the support of a Chinese company already invested in Nigeria, as highlighted by Governor Obaseki.
During the signing ceremony, Governor Obaseki expressed his gratitude for the partnership and emphasized the significance of the agreement in shaping the future of Edo’s youth. He reassured the commitment of the state government to ensuring the success of this collaboration.
The Chinese Consular General in Lagos, Ms. Yan Yu Qing, lauded Governor Obaseki’s dedication to technical and vocational education. She acknowledged the positive impact the tripartite agreement would have on Nigeria-China relations and the increased opportunities it would provide for Nigerian youths to pursue education in China. Ms. Yan Yu Qing expressed optimism about the potential outcomes of cooperation in talent development, Chinese language implementation, skills development, talent training, and cultural exchange programs between Edo State and China.