Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo says, the recently passed State Technical and Vocational Education Board (Amendment Law, 20190) by the Assembly will enhance seamless learning and exhibition of technical skills and innovative ideas for the development of the State.
Oluomo made the remarks shortly after the Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Arch. Segun Aluko, conducted him round facilities including Mechanical ventilator, disinfectant booth, movable environmental sanitizer, multiple hand washing and sanitizing machine, all manufactured by the institution.
The Speaker, accompanied by Honourables Lateefat Ajayi and Yusuf Adejojo, emphasized that the new legislation was aimed at reviving technical and vocational education in the specialized curriculum, with a view to producing competent technicians with needed skills, for technical advancement of the society, saying this remained one of the core mandates of the nation’s polytechnic education.
He encouraged youth to embrace vocational skills which was an essential factor in the developing nations, pointing out that, a section of the new Bill sought for the provision of funds for those interested in technical and vocational education.
Oluomo lauded the team for deploring its human resources for the development of facilities which could assist in the fight against the ravaging pandemic, as well as beneficial to health institutions, even after the pandemic, noting that polytechnic institutions had continued to be a pride to the nation at critical times.
He further tasked members of the academic community to meaningfully engage the political class on issues of development, to encourage exchange of ideas that could evolve more development in the State and the nation at large.
Earlier in his remark, the Rector explained that the automated and mechanical devices were locally manufactured by the institution, as part of its effort to flatten the curve of the pandemic, with a charge on government and corporate organisations to support the initiative.