Latest report reaching has it that the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has officially approved five new programmes for the Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH).

The programmes are: the Higher National Diploma in Mass Communication, Banking and Finance, Metallurgy Engineering, National Diploma in Welding and Fabrication and Public Administration.

This is contained in a press statement signed and released by Mr Charles Oni, YABATECH’s Head, Public Relations Unit, and made available to newsmen in Lagos on Thursday.

It quoted Dr Margaret Ladipo, Rector of the institution as saying that the management received the report with gratitude to God, while awaiting other approvals.

“Our dream of expanding access to higher education for the nation’s youths is gradually being achieved,’’ it said.

It said that with the accreditation of the programmes, the horizon had become brighter for youngsters who wanted to combine their brains with their hands to make a living.

“The era of theoretical education is past.
“This forms our concentration on creating industry within the system and emphasis on entrepreneurial education to ensure our products go out there to make a difference as job creators and not job seekers.
“Even, the few that may search for jobs would have been fully baked for the challenges in their chosen industries’’ it said.

The statement commended the Tertiary Education Trust Fund,(TETFund) governing council and its members for their support in the drive to sustain YABATECH as the institution of first choice in technological education.

It said that the college was still expecting further approvals. (NAN)

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