The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has said that Information Technology, technical education and training are the engine of economic growth and development.

He stated this on the 25th graduation ceremony of the Nigerian Bottling Company’s Technical Training Centre in Lagos, saying that national development could not be achieved without well-equipped IT, technical and vocational training institutions.

“Investment in technical and skill training is, no doubt, a key thing for any nation that wishes to compete effectively in the emerging global market place,” the minister said.

He added, “This is in consideration of the fact that the leading factors of production in the emerging global economy have been found to be technology, knowledge, creativity, and innovation.”

Represented by a zonal director in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Dr. Ifeoma Igweze-Anyawutaku, the minister said on the occasion that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration remained committed to providing the enabling environment for businesses to thrive.

“In line with the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Labour, we remain committed towards doing everything possible to maintain industrial peace and harmony,” he said.

The NBC Technical Training Centre, which was established in 1996, has graduated over 700 students and trained over 5000 technical trainees, according to the firm.

In urging the fresh graduates to succeed, Ngige said, “It is truly very heart-warming to know that a set of 14 graduate trainee engineers and 18 technicians are being graduated today.

“Let me remind you that success should not be a one-time thing, but should be seen as an all-time thing. As such, you should strive to always do the right thing all the time, and you will then find success following you all the time, too.”

He added, “The knowledge and skills you have acquired from the Nigerian Bottling Company Technical Training Centre should be utilised to the full advantage of not only yourselves, but to that of the organisation you work for too.”

Meanwhile, the Managing Director, NBC, Ben Langat, said that from 2012, the TTC began to support the Lagos State Government in delivering training programmes in technical colleges in the state.

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