Need for continuous training of specialised technicians in Nigeria stressed
By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan.
Former Ekiti State House of Assembly Speaker Hon Tope Ademiluyi has said there is the need for continuous training of specialized technicians to drive the nation’s industrialization bid.
The former Speaker stated this while speaking at the 10th annual alumni lecture of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, entitled “The Privatization and Democratization of the Nigeria Education Sector: The Dangers Ahead” held at the institution campus in Ogbomoso
According to him, the time has come for the nation’s universities of technology and polytechnic to be encouraged to produce graduates in line with the concept that led to their establishment.
“We must have mechanical engineering graduates, who can practically fix faulty cars.Our agricultural universities must produce graduates, who will take artificial insemination of animals in their strides in the regular day job. Students, who choose to go into these schools, should be encouraged with incentives like grants and scholarships,” he said.
Speaking, the LAUTECH Alumni National President, Mr Babajide Bewaji declared that the country “is at the moment at a crossroad with identifiable ditches of insurgency and internal terrorism, deflating economy, massive corruption in low and high places, deficit infrastructures, leadership cluelessness in strategic sectors, cybercrime outbreak, brain drain just to mention a few.
“Sincerely, as an incurable optimist and firm believer in God of possibilities, I am very hopeful that we are due for greatness. Though very disturbing that at 55years of post-independence, our education sector remains a crawler. Our concern is stem out of curiosity in the recently released scorecard when none of our over 100 publicly and privately owned universities is rated among the best 500 in the world,” he said.
Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Professor Adeniyi Gbadegesin lauded the alumni for making the school proud in all their undertakings, saying: “No school can do without its alumni association. They help the school in no greater way and that is why we will not stop at anything to support their initiative.
The chairman of the occasion, Professor Olubunmi Omotosho, who is the Dean of students’ affairs at the University of Ilorin also lauded the alumni’s initiative, adding that he was proud of them. I hope government and her agencies will take up the solutions proffered by this lecture.