By Funmilayo Adeyemi
The federal government has called on the management of the technical colleges to prioritize environmental and social safeguards to improve the effective implementation of the World Bank-supported innovation and skills project.
Education Minister Malam Adamu Adamu said this during a workshop on environmental and social safeguards screening and other preliminary activities for technical colleges in Abuja on Wednesday.
The workshop focuses on the implementation of the Innovation Development and Effectiveness in Skills Acquisition (IDEAS) project which was recently launched in Abuja.
Adamu noted that environmental and social management is critical to the effectiveness and sustainability of the project, in line with Nigerian environmental policies and World Bank environmental and social policies.
“As important as development and expansion projects are for human development, it is equally important to consider environmental and human protection in the project execution process.
“The environmental and social review of the sub-project marks the start of the environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) or environmental and social management plan (ESMP) processes.
“In view of this, all Environmental and Social Officers (ESOs), Project Managers (PMs) of participating technical colleges should be trained on how to conduct environmental and social screening of sub-projects in colleges.
This will ensure the use of the screening checklist provided in the Assessment in Facilities Management (ESMF) solution. The essence of the IDEAS project is to address the current shortcomings of the education system,” he said.
The Minister also urged the young people to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the project.
About 40 technical colleges and the private sector would benefit from the project which also includes a technical teacher training component. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Julius Toba-Jegede