The Deputy President of the Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu has advocated more budgetary allocation to Science teaching and maintenance of vocational schools across the country as a key to tackling unemployment among the youths.
Chief Ekweremadu stated this while presenting mobile Science kits to over 30 head teachers trained at the Scientific Equipment Development Institute SEDI Enugu.
Other items distributed during the event include over 3,000 desks to public primary schools in Aninri, Awgu and Oji River Federal Constituency.
Senator Ekweremadu said adequate funding of Science and Technology as well as vocational schools would transform a good number of unemployed youths into being self-employed.
He commended the member representing the Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Chief Toby Okechukwu, who facilitated the projects for his visionary thoughts and encouraged the beneficiaries of the European Vocational School as well as the head teachers to make good use of the opportunities.
In a remark, the Enugu State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Chief Patrick Ikpenwa, who admitted that the country has not been doing well in the study of Sciences, described the efforts made by the lawmaker as laudable.
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Works, Chief Toby Okechukwu said that the idea of the projects was to enhance the teaching and learning, especially in the area of science and technology and assured the people of continued quality representation.
In their separate speeches, a former Commissioner for Information, Dr. Godwin Udeuhele, the Senior Legislative Assistant to the Deputy President of the Senate, Chief Nnanna Nze, and the Secretary of PDP in Enugu State, Chief Cletus Akalusi, extolled the quality representation of Chief Toby Okechukwu and urged him not to relent in empowering their people.
A head teacher who benefitted from the training and two students from the European Vocational Institute, promised to utilize the opportunity given to them.
The event had in attendance students from different schools, captains of industry and the political class while a good number of youths from Aninri, Awgu and Oji River Federal Constituency were also mobilized to study at the European Vocational Institute Enugu free of charge.