22,000 Edo residents register for T-MAX employment project


No fewer than 22,000 Edo residents have registered for the Federal Government T-MAX, a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme in the state.

Fela Bank-Olemoh, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Education Intervention, said this in Benin on Wednesday.

He spoke newsmen shortly after inspecting some of the centres that would be used for the T-MAX training.

Bank-Olemoh said that Wednesday was the deadline for registration for the T-MAX project in Edo, adding that only 2,000 persons out of the more than 22,000 Edo applicants would be selected for the training.

He said “we started the registration process over a week ago and the screening process ends today.

“The training will start on Monday for the 2,000 selected persons in the 25 different training centres across the state.

“The trainees were selected for screening based on their nearness to training centres and the type of trade to be learnt, we then sent them to the training centres where they were screened physically.”

Bank-Olemoh expressed satisfaction with the facilities at the training centres, noting that the private sector had the capacity to empower people in different fields.

He, however, urged the successful trainees to make good use of the empowerment opportunity to better their economic status as well as become employers of labour

On her part, Edo Commissioner for Education, Dr Joan Oviawe, expressed satisfaction with the T-MAX application and selection processes as well as the training centres

Ovaiwe said, “I am very pleased with the progress of the T-MAX project in Edo and I appreciate President, Muhammadu Buhari, Gov. Godwin Obaseki and the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Education Intervention for bringing the project to Edo”.

Some of the applicants at Amena Academy, a screening and training centre for T-MAX project, commended the Federal and Edo Government  for the opportunity.

They noted that they were delighted to had been selected for the T-MAX project after the online application.

Mrs Janet Richards, one of the applicants, said she heard about the training on the radio, and I applied and was shortlisted for screening today.

“I applied for catering services because I want to learn how to bake and support my husband with the money I will make from baking,” she said.

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