TETFund Southeast Representative, Chinedu Onu, revealed the plan when he led a delegation the polytechnic.
According to him, the private sector-driven project is targeted at young business people popularly called ‘Aba boys’.
“After carrying out a research, we discovered that most of the male folk in the southeast in business lack formal education,” he said.
“They enjoy doing business than going to school.”
Onu said the centre will give them the opportunity to acquire skills and be certified.
“We hope that the project when completed will help the young boys doing business in Aba and its environs to get proper training on the modern way of doing business and improve their skills on how best to produce some of the things that they are producing in order to remain relevant and the aim for which TETfund wants to establish this center is to sharpen their skills and promote boy-child education through skill acquisition.
“It is expected that the students at the end of their training will be awarded with a certificate which will enable them have the capacity to bid for job offers and have a certification that will back their skills.”
He revealed that the polytechnic was chosen because it “is very close to the business community.”
“We hope that this venture will reverse the trend in the southeast; where boys in the region prefer doing business than going to school.
“It will make them think with their brain and as well, use their hands to earn a living for themselves.”
Onu called on the state government to sponsor candidates to the institution and award contracts to them when they graduate.
The polytechnic’s acting Rector, Prof. Uche Ikonne, promise to provide the necessary support to make the project a success