The Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kolapo Olusola has re-affirmed the determination of Governor Ayodele Fayose to harness every available opportunity to restore education in the state to its pride of place and as well take education to a level that’s would be a pride of all.
Dr. Olusola reiterated this in Osogbo, the Osun State capital when he led a delegation of the stakeholders in the Education Sector on a fact finding study tour to the Osun State Technical and Vocational Resource Center, Osogbo. The Deputy Governor who expressed his delight at the facilities on ground at the workshops of the Government Technical College, Osogbo, said that Governor Fayose would be interested in replicating the infrastructures in the state – owned Technical Colleges.
He said the state may not be able to upgrade all the 5 Technical Colleges in the state all at once as a result of the prevailing economic realities, adding that it could be achieved in phases. Dr. Olusola stressed that the governor has invested so much in the sector, adding that no amount of money would be too much for him to develop the younger generations in such a way that would make them self-reliant and build sustainable economy for Ekiti.
Welcoming the Deputy Governor and his team to the centre, the General Manager of Skill ‘G’ Nigeria Ltd. that coordinates the activities of the centre, Mr. Meir Dagan said that his organization has the capability to renovate, upgrade and equip schools to meet International Standard. Mr. Dagan, in his office took the Ekiti State delegation through a power-point presentation where he explained the working modality of Skill ‘G’ Nigeria Limited and what it has done to rejuvenate Science, Technical and Vocational education in Osun State and some other parts of Nigeria. Dagan and his Partner, Mr. Morris D took the Deputy Governor and his team round the various workshops to inspect the state-of-the-arts modern technical and vocational facilities and equipment on ground. Workshops inspected by the Ekiti fact finding delegation include Carpentry, Auto-Mechanic, Shoe Making, Air Conditional and Cooling,
Metalwork and Welding, Plumbing and also the Modern Classrooms and Laboratories put in place at the Resource Centre by the Skill ‘G’ Nigeria Limited.
Dagan emphasized that Nigeria students could compete shoulder to shoulder with their counterparts across the world if modern teaching methods with state- of the- art technologies are applied while imparting knowledge to them. He said his organization could partner with Ekiti State government to develop its 5 Technical Colleges to an International Standard, if given the mandate and that the experience already garnered by the organization in the last 13years has put it in a better position to proffer plausible solutions to most of the problems confronting Science, Technical and Vocational education in Nigeria.
Those who were on the Deputy Governor’s team are the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Jide Egunjobi, Permanent Secretary, Teaching Service Commission Mr. Adedeji Adebayo, his colleague in the State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr. Bolu Ogundare , the Executive Secretary , Board for Technical and Vocational Education , Mrs Bolajoko Adeyemi and senior Directors in the education industry of the state.
Saturday, October 21 2017, 11:20 am
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