Tuesday 26th September, 2017
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Oyo Assembly seeks overhaul of technical schools

Oyo Assembly seeks overhaul of technical schools

The Oyo State House of Assembly has called for the overhaul of vo­cational and technical edu­cation in the state to ensure the desired rapid economic development.

In a motion moved at the plenary by the lawmaker representing Oyo East/Oyo West state constituency, Bar­rister Muideen Olagunju, the lawmakers noted that vocational and technical ed­ucation was regarded as the engine of economic develop­ment.

Moving the motion titled:”Urgent Need to Over­haul Vocational and Techni­cal Education in Oyo State with Particular Reference to Proper Funding of Govern­ment Technical Colleges”, Olagunju pointed out that a paltry sum of N1,000,000 was allocated to five exist­ing technical colleges in the state.

The lawmaker urged the executive to establish a spe­cial trust fund exclusively for adequate funding of the technical colleges and ur­gent steps should be taken to appropriate more funds in form of grants to the schools, saying technical colleges had been the bedrock of giv­ing learning opportunities.

He charged the state gov­ernment to strengthen the curriculum and intensify vo­cational or entrepreneurship training currently available in the state tertiary schools.

Contributing, Hon. Fatai Adesina lamented that ar­tisans were being brought from foreign countries to do technical jobs in the country while Hon. Solomon Akan­de suggested that the state education commissioner should be invited on the is­sue.

The House resolved to in­vite the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela and the Perma­nent Secretary in the min­istry to brief the lawmakers on what they were doing to inject life into the technical schools.