DEAN of Federal College of Education Technical, Akoka Lagos, Dr AYP Ojelade has reiterated the importance of vocational education in the economic diversification of Nigeria.
Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education Ojelade spoke during the four-day 8th edition of National Conference of School of Vocational Education at Federal College of Education Technical, Akoka Lagos with the theme, “Economic Diversification and Change Agenda: Wither Entrepreneurship and Vocational Education” which had the lead conference paper presented by Dr Kehinde Olojede. Ojelade said:
No nation can grow without major interest in vocational education. Young people must show interest because it is the way to guarantee economic self sufficiency for their future.”
“The annual national conference of the school is for students and their lecturers to refresh thoughts about importance of vocational education in Nigeria and chart new way forward.
We gather yearly to discuss past, present and future of vocational education in Nigeria; and how emphasis on it could save Nigeria from economic doom.
Students must know that a skilled and vocationally educated individual has more chances of survival; in a very competitive world of today.
“There is no future in white collar jobs in the world except those that a backed with vocational skills. Only skills acquired as young people will provide for Nigerians.
Also speaking, Chairman of the occasion, Chief Chris Ezeoguine; encouraged anyone who has already acquired vocational skill not to continue to wait until there is; a perfect situation to start up but to “take the bull by the horns; and take off as only practice will soon make perfect. “