The Municipal Chief Executive for the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly Hon Solomon Nikoi Kotey on the 10th of January 2020 break the grounds for the construction of an ultra-modern Technical and Vocational Education (T-VET) institute for the Machinery , Mechanic Training Institute at La in the greater Accra Region.
The local firm, which is to construct the facility, is to be completed within 2 years with funds from the government of Ghana.
According to the municipal chief executive for the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly, the work would be done in two phases with 12 months intermissions between each phase.
Hon Solomon Nikoi Kotey stated that the La assembly was amongst the first batch of beneficiary communities of such an intervention by the government. The MCE thanks the government for its intervention. According to him upon the completion of the project, it would put La name on the globe.
The MCE was of the view that the facility would help shape the lives of the youth in La to acquire job related skills to compete on the job market. He stated that the assembly was in talks with the La Traditional Council and the Authorities of the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) to admit some of the youth idling about into the institute to get the needed skills.
Mawusi N. Awity (Mrs) the Executive Director of the NVTI appealed to the MCE and the assembly directorate to use some of the assembly common fund to offset the fees of the trainees and also assist them with start-up capital after the completion of the their training. She bemoaned that the NVTI does not benefit from the free education programme. Madam Mawusi urged parents to invest in their children by enrolling them in the TVET programme.
Madam Mawusi demystified the notion that TVET schools are for the unintelligent people in the society. According to her, the TVET is a field, which gives anyone the freedom to choose what he, or she wants to be in life.
Madam Juliana Nkrumah, the NVTI controller of apprenticeship said that when the project is completed it would house new classroom blocks, hostel for both female and male students, administration block, laboratory, and workshop. According to her, the NVTI programme is to address skill gabs in Ghana by upgrading and revamping vocational institutions in Ghana.
Mr Emmanuel K. Ashie, CMMTI, said the facility when completed would attract more female students due to the trade demand driven programme the institute would be running. According to him, the institute will be offering track demand programmes such as catering, dressmaking, hair dressing, to mention just a few which are mostly for the female to venture in. The institute is operating on a slash down fee policy for female students who enrol in the institution.