Education Minister Adam Adamu has called on well-meaning Nigerians to support the development of the education sector as the government alone cannot shoulder the responsibility of financing the sector.
Adham added that promoting and sustaining technology education is key.
The minister, represented by Grace Jakko, Director of Technology and Science of the ministry, spoke in Ado Ekiti on Saturday at the 18th joint convening ceremony of the Ado Ekiti Federal Polytechnic in Ekiti State with 13,677 National Higher Diploma and National Diploma students will officially graduate in the 2018/2019, 2019/2020, and 2020/2021 academic years.
Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Mrs. Modupe Babalola, wife of Chief Babalola of Afe; and Dr. Babatunde Fakologbon and Dr. Rotimi Ibidapo, two alumni of the institution; who were then awarded scholarships from the Federal Institute of Technology.
Adam said: “The Federal Government has and will continue to invest heavily in sports and infrastructure development in the technical education sector with a view to providing quality technical education to our many young people.
“This is because of the recognition that quality technical education is the cornerstone of any country’s technological and economic development.”
He tasked the polytechnic with developing a strategy and finding ways to increase its revenue base to supplement government funding, while he called on well-meaning individuals “to assist ETH in sponsoring programs and programs that enhance effective teaching and learning.”
Headteacher Dr Hephzibah Oladebeye advises graduates, who he says they “have everything they need to succeed”, to study hard to improve their futures.
Oladebeye asked them to “try as much as possible to continue to develop their personal capabilities in this changing world, especially by taking advantage of technological advances to enhance their capabilities in their chosen profession.”