By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has called on corporate organizations and well-meaning Nigerians to partner with the state government in the education sector to ensure that needed infrastructure and conducive teaching and learning environments are provided in state-owned educational institutions.
The governor made the call while speaking at the 30th convocation of The Polytechnic, Ibadan on Friday.
He said the partnership become imperative in order not to leave the responsibilities in the hands of the government alone.
Governor Ajimobi also said that his government had noted the requests made by The Polytechnic, Ibadan for re-accreditation and accreditation of some of its programmes which were aimed at certifying the institution’s suitability to continue to train students in the courses being offered, as well as the introduction of new ones, adding that the requests were being considered.
While congratulating the graduands for the successful completion of their various programmes, he reminded them that they had only completed a major leg of their determination to make it in life, having successfully undergone the rigours of classroom work, practical and industrial attachments which had made them worthy of the award.
“You are charged to harness the entrepreneurship in you to create jobs for yourself and others. The reality of the present time is that white collar jobs are becoming far between. Your handiwork is the pointer to your future,,’ he said.
The governor also acknowledged the efforts of the management of the institution over the years towards providing needed infrastructure and the enabling environment for a functional and productive education.
“The potency of education, especially “Technological Education” for improved national productivity and socio-economic transformation of any nation, cannot be over-emphasized.
“It is the measure upon which indices of growth and development are hinged,’’ he said.
In his address, the Rector of the institution, Prof. Olatunde Fawole commended the governor for the way he had been managing the affairs of the state, which he said had engendered peace and progress, and particularly, within the polytechnic and other institutions in the state.
According to him, since his administration came on board in 2011, the institution has been graduating students in exactly the year they completed their studies. This, he said, was made possible following the attention his government had been paying to the affairs of the various tertiary institutions in the state.
The Rector equally charged the graduands to always remember the motto of the institution and positively apply the intellectual and practical knowledge that they have acquired in their discipline and vocational skills.
The institution, however, graduated. 4, 977 students.