Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Dr. Hephzibar Oladebeye, has stressed the need for the Federal Government to encourage technical education through proper funding of polytechnics as well as science and technology schools to train Nigerians in skills that can guarantee self-employment.
According to him, acquisition of skills remains the greatest antidote to unemployment and insecurity caused by youth restiveness and other forms of crimes in the society. The engineer spoke in Ado Ekiti at the weekend while receiving books and instructional materials worth millions of naira donated to the School of Environmental Studies by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Kayode Fayemi on Public Building and Infrastructure, Wale Ajayi.
Describing the donations from the architect as a good development, Oladebeye noted that the gesture would go a long way in complementing government’s efforts in making the institution the best in technical education in the country.
“I am elated with the donation, simply because not all politicians would want to do this. It is not common among politicians. This is the second of its type since I became rector.
“Technical education is key to the survival of any economy, especially a developing one, and all hands must be on deck to promote it to rescue us from this messy unemployment and insecurity situation.“The donor is a good ambassador of this institution. You have brought honour to us, and we will continue to support the administration of Dr. Fayemi and ensure its success,” the rector said.
On his part, Ajayi said the donation was a fulfilment of Fayemi’s second cardinal programme, which centred on knowledge economy and amplified the need for public- private partnership (PPP) for the uplift of education in the state.He applauded the management of the institution for the opportunity given him to serve in the institution, noting that the knowledge he gained while lecturing manifested in his political career.
The donation, he added, was part of his contribution towards the development of the institution and a payback to the polytechnic community that had given him enough knowledge. Ajayi called on philanthropists in the state to always complement government’s effort by investing in the development of tertiary institutions in Ekiti. The Dean, School of Environmental Studies, Oyedokun Abiodun, described the donor as a good ambassador of the institution, urging other politicians to emulate the good gesture by investing in the school.