By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has called for adequate preparation for Nigeria to survive in the post-oil years
According to him, the post-oil era could nearer than expected, stressing for better attention to technical education, agriculture and enterprise.
AbdulRazaq made this call at the 26th Convocation Ceremony of the Kwara State Polytechnic held on Thursday in Ilorin,the state capital.
In his words, “The whole world is preparing for post-oil years and this means we must consciously wean ourselves off the unhelpful addiction to the oil wealth. We must promote skills acquisition, agribusiness, and enterprise.”
The Governor was represented at the event by the Secretary to the State Government Prof Mamman Jibril.
He described as lacking depth earlier suggestions that Nigeria should scrap Polytechnic education, saying that the coming post-oil years open the window for institutions offering technical education to redirect the country to the path of sustainable growth and self-reliance.
“Kwara under us will promote agribusiness, skills acquisition, private initiatives and local technological inventions,” he said.
“Among other plans, the ongoing process to renovate the Kwara State Library, equip it with fast internet facilities for e-learning, and make it the launchpad for our innovation hub is a step in this direction and we will follow it through, God willing. We will support technological inventions, especially from our own institutions, that would help to strengthen our agricultural value chain.
“This message is for the Kwara State Polytechnic and other technical institutions as it is for the lucky graduands. Dear graduands, I want you to imagine a future without petrol dollars or a future where robots would take over most of the jobs now handled by humans.
“This is why the entrepreneurial and technical skills you are taught here are very important. We are headed to a time when the 9-5 job cycle will either go out of fashion or would not be able to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
“So, I appeal to you to buckle down as you get set to face the world outside of the four walls of your schools. I urge you to consider becoming job providers rather than job seekers.”
That came a day after the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Mamman Jibril led a delegation to Mokwa General Hospital in Niger State to greet the victims of Tuesday’s auto crash that involved eight prospective members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and their driver who were travelling to Taraba state.
The prospective corps members were travelling to Taraba to observe their mandatory one-year national service.
The prospective corps members were Yusuf Ademuyiwa and Mustapha Ajibola Habibat of Kwara state polytechnic.
Jibril told newsmen in Mokwa late Wednesday that Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq directed him to lead a government delegation to the scene of the accident to ascertain the condition of the corp members and evacuate them to Ilorin General for proper medical attention.
The nine-passenger Sienna bus conveying the corp members tumbled several times on the Mokwa road after its rear tyre got burst. Two of the corp members and the driver of the vehicle died on the spot. In a statement late Tuesday, AbdulRazaq called the development “one tragedy too many” and commiserated with the families of the deceased.
“Our visit to Mokwa followed a directive by the Governor that we should come to check the status of the students who are indigenes of Kwara State and to also transfer them to the Ilorin General Hospital. The government will also join the families of the deceased in the burial while we provide adequate medical care to those injured,” Jibril said.
Reiterating government’s disapproval of night travels, he urged drivers and all road users to avoid excessive speed and needless overtaking of other vehicles.
Earlier in his address the Rector,Kwara state polytechnic, Dr.Abdul Jimoh Muhammed called for restoration of monthly subvention for easy running of the citadel of Knowledge.
He said the Polytechnic is putting in place all mechineries to be able to host 2019 NIPOGA games come 4th and 14th of December.
The newly appointed Rector said plans are on top gear to have Industrial collaboration with Federal Institute of Industrial Research in Ikorodu,Lagos state and other foreign Countries.
He added that more than one third of staff of institution have been sponsored on training through TETFUND for maximum productivity and efficient service delivery.
Mohammed said the institution would appreciate if blocks of students hostels on campus are completed so as to aid students academic activities and refrained them from co-habiting with opposite sex,adding that the institution is opened to Build Operate and Transfer(BOT) arrangement as well as room for investors to rehabilitate the existing ones.
He urged the graduands to appreciate their Alma mata,be good ambassadors,imbibe the fear of God,be self-reliance and prepared to be self-employed.