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Fashola unhappy over poor recognition of polytechnic education

Posted: Apr 22, 2015 at 6:05 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase – Reporter, Lagos 


Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has lamented the relegation of technical and polytechnic education to the background in the Nigerian education landscape for years.

Governor Babatunde Fashola

Governor Babatunde Fashola

Fashola stated this while delivering a keynote address at the 23rd convocation ceremony of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu, stressing that for years it is sad to see that aspect of tertiary education relegated in the country’s education landscape.

According to Fashola, who was represented at the convocation ceremony by his Special Adviser on Education, Otunba Fatai Olukoga, “I was determined to change that and bring about to realisation of the potentials of technical education in improving the workforce and in creating employment.”

He added that it was for the actualisation of that vision that his administration revamped the state owned institutions to raise a generation that will not wait for government to create jobs.

“We want our students to leave school well-rounded people able to stand on their own, able to not only work but create jobs for others.

“The unemployment rate in Nigeria is quite high, with data pointing to half of the youth population being unemployed. Yet, tens of thousands more graduate from our tertiary institutions every year, widening the figure,” he added.

Speaking further he said, “In raising the standard in Lagos State institutions, we focused on what had been proven to be global best practices-fostering the creation of small and medium enterprises since they are the largest employers of labour around the world.

While admonishing the 7,022 graduating students, Fashola noted that the Lagos State Polytechnic has given them the tools they need to excel in their various fields.

“I want to encourage you to have the confidence to not settle for just any job but do that which you have learnt and also create your own small and medium enterprises.