The Ogun State government has disclosed plans to revive technical education to boost wealth creation among its working population.
The Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Technical Education, Prof. Joseph Odemuyiwa gave this hint during a meeting with representatives of Ogun Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (Ogun CCIMA), led by the Deputy President, at his office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
The Press Officer of the Bureau of Tertiary Institutions, Busayo Malaolu, made the outcome of the meeting available in a statement.
According to Odemuyiwa, technical education plays a strategic role in wealth creation, as it requires putting to play creativity, craftsmanship, as well as entrepreneurial spirit, thus the quest by Ogun State Government to revive it towards improving the economy of the State.
Odemuyiwa stated that the present administration was poised to preparing graduates for occupations that are available and marketable with their acquired skills, hence the need to equip them with skills that are vital for poverty reduction, economic recovery and sustainable development. His words; “any education that could not put food on your table is not an education but a waste”.
The special adviser urged CCIMA to interface with the private sector to build the needed system of education, which, he said, would transform the State into a humane society, filled with self reliant entrepreneurs, to boost the economy of not just the State but the country at large.
In his response, the first Deputy President of Ogun CCIMA, Alhaji Wasiu Olaleye, said the Chamber was committed to addressing the huge deficit in the sector, wherein expertise are sourced abroad rather than within.
Alhaji Olaleye added that they were working with relevant industries to act as catalyst in rebuilding technical and vocational education, saying this would, to a large extent, improve the perception of the people concerning it, when properly structured.