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NBTE Trains Over 1000 Entrepreneurship Educators in Polytechnics and Similar Institutions



The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has successfully trained over a thousand educators from polytechnics and various institutions across Nigeria. This comprehensive workshop, centered on the reviewed entrepreneurship and skills development curricula, was conducted in collaboration with Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and Danglo Management and Financial Limited. The training sessions were conducted across all six geopolitical zones.


Prof. Idris Bugaje, the Executive Secretary of NBTE, highlighted the crucial objective of aligning entrepreneurship education with current economic realities in Nigeria. Emphasizing that the last review occurred in 2007 and failed to address contemporary challenges in science, technology, and the economy, Prof. Bugaje stressed the importance of entrepreneurship as the key to self-reliance and the ability to generate employment.


According to Prof. Bugaje, "Entrepreneurship holds the key to self-reliance and the capacity to become employers of labor. The statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) show that 90 per cent of Nigerians are employed by small and medium scale enterprises (SMSEs). This underscores the crucial role that entrepreneurship skills play in changing employment and gross domestic product (GDP) narratives in Nigeria."


Dr. Musa Hatim Koko, the Director of Curriculum Development Department at NBTE, further explained that the workshop aimed to introduce participants to new approaches in entrepreneurship delivery. The reviewed curricula address content, pedagogy, and practical requirements, ensuring alignment with the skills and trades needed in the industry. Dr. Koko emphasized that the review was a crucial step to refresh the Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP), addressing outdated content and enhancing creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship for all Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions and graduates.

Dr Hatim Musa Koko, Director Curriculum Development, NBTE


Prof. Audu E. Dangana, the Lead Consultant to NBTE on the reviewed entrepreneurship curricula, emphasized the workshop's goal to orientate participants and enhance their skills, enabling them and their students to become self-reliant. He highlighted the potential impact on poverty reduction, job creation, and value reorientation among citizens.


The NBTE's commitment to updating curricula and empowering educators underscores its dedication to fostering a dynamic and forward-thinking educational environment, aligning with the evolving needs of the Nigerian workforce and economy.