By Israel Bulus, Kaduna
The Honorable Commissioner for Business, Innovation, and Technology, Hon Patience Fakai, has reaffirmed her Ministry’s commitment to transforming Kaduna into a center of technological innovation for economic growth.
Fakai made this declaration during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Vocational and Technology Skills Hub in Samaru Kataf, Zango-Kataf Local Government Area, Kaduna State.
Fakai emphasized the need for the state to capitalize on the opportunities presented by the tech sector to address various societal challenges and create avenues for youth empowerment, ultimately driving economic development.
Fakai stated, “The time has come for us to leverage the advantages of the tech industry and equip our youths with relevant, high-quality skills that meet market demands, enhancing their employability and promoting self-employment.”
The Commissioner expressed optimism about the state’s prospects under the dynamic leadership of His Excellency, Sen Uba Sani, stating, “With these initiatives, things can only get better in the state.”
She also mentioned that similar projects have been undertaken in Rigachikun, with plans for a third center in Soba in coming days.
The Kaduna State Vocational and Technology Skills Acquisition City (KAD-VTSAC) Project, initiated by Governor Uba Sani, aims to empower individuals from all walks of life with essential skills to thrive in the technology-driven global landscape. Fakai emphasized that the project aligns with the Governor’s commitment, as outlined in his “Sustain Agenda,” to equip the state’s youth with the necessary skills, quality education, knowledge, and competencies to excel in the 21st-century job market.
Commending Governor Uba Sani for his people-oriented initiatives and equitable distribution of projects across all Senatorial Zones, Fakai called upon the people to reciprocate this gesture by providing support and exhibiting an “ownership mindset” towards these laudable projects.
Fakai extended her gratitude to the Kaduna State Vocational and Technology Skills Development Council and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) for their collaboration in producing the KAD-VTSAC strategy document. She also thanked public and private actors advocating for the recognition of technical education’s contribution to national development.
Assuring the Governor and the people of Kaduna State, Fakai pledged that the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Technology would spare no effort in fulfilling its mandate and ensuring the successful implementation of the KAD-VTSAC/TVET Strategy.
Fakai urged all stakeholders in the state to support their efforts in improving learning outcomes for skills development. Together, they can realize a vision of nurturing a generation of skilled and competitive youth, who embody the values, character, and morals necessary for a prosperous and sustainable Kaduna State.