The Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) on Thursday sealed a pact with Berger Paints Plc on paints manufacturing.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Director of the Public Relations Unit of the institution, Mr Charles Oni in Lagos.
The statement said that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the institution and the company had been signed by the parties and their legal units.
“The MOU was signed in a meeting held at the Yabatech conference room between representatives of the company and that of Yabatech.
“Representatives of the college were led by the Director of the Academic Planning Unit, Mr Udoh Inyang, and the Berger Paints team was led by the Managing Director, Mr Peter Folikwe.’’
According to the statement, Folikwe said the company was willing to collaborate with the college in the areas of research, industrial attachment, technical and vocational education.
Folikwe said that Berger Paints was determined to build a strong and dynamic relationship with Yabatech, to make positive and fundamental impact in the lives of both students and staff of the college.
The managing director cited benefits inherent in the partnership with the institution to include training of students in the production of standard and quality paints.
“A one year certificate course to that effect will be introduced in the college, which will be anchored by the company in order to add value to the society.
“Berger Paints is ready to also add value to the college by subsidising the sourcing of paints that would be used to beautify the college,’’ he said.
Inyang lauded Berger Paints for the partnership, noting that the initiative would enhance growth and move the college forward.
“The signing of the MOU symbolises a marriage between the college and the industry,’’ Iyang said.
He urged the company to send its staff to the college for training and re-training in certificate courses.
Iyang also urged the company to assist the college in purchasing some equipment needed in the proposed central laboratory and research centre.