For sustainable industrial development to be attained, Technical and Vocational Education must be prioritized and made the foundation of national development.
The Executive Secretary, Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, Engineer Olawumi Gasper stated this while delivering the 10th Convocation lecture of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Osun State.
Speaking on the theme, “Polytechnics in Nigeria: Future in Innovation Development and Industry – Relevant Technical Skills, Engineer Gasper said Nigeria being a consumer nation, can only change by redirecting the economy to grow local industries.
He noted that repositioning polytechnics, offering multiple and apprenticeship would facilitate the emergence of a youth population with industry relevant skills.
Engineer Gasper advised that Technical and Vocational Education institutions should take bold initiatives to partner with private sectors to bring money into the system to upgrade research, thereby strengthening curriculum delivery and introduce new technologies.
In his remark, the Chairman, Governing Council, Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Dr. Nasir Yauri urged the graduating students to learn vocational skills in order to become employer of labour rather than job seekers.
Earlier in an address, the Rector, Dr. John Adekolawole had said, 10,733 graduands of the institution will receive Ordinary National Diploma and Higher National Diploma certificate during from three academic sessions.