Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, yesterday charged tertiary institutions in Nigeria to embrace demand-driven research and courses capable of solving the country’s peculiar challenges.
He also urged them to pay closer attention to technical courses and ICT that would make their certificates globally competitive.
The governor gave the charge while inaugurating an Information Technology building donated by his wife, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi to her alma mater, The Polytechnic Ibadan, as part of activities marking her 59th birthday.
Ajimobi, who described technology as the bedrock of development, said without deliberate focus on technical education, Nigeria would continue to produce graduates who would not be able to contribute effectively to the country’s socio-economic development.
He also emphasised the importance of ICT, saying that most of the successful entrepreneurs in the world made their fortunes through information and communication technology.
The governor said the state had taken the lead in tackling this problem by establishing the first technical university in Nigeria which he said was equipped to impart `practical and practicable’ skills in its students.
He urged the students to take the adHe pointed out that these youths who are supposed to be engine room for economic development have turned to be first hand agents in any place they find themselves. He appealed to the NUC chairman to as matter of urgency constitute a high power committee that would visit all the states of the federation to ensure their reinstatement into their institutions.