Lagos State governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has charged graduates of
Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology in the country to develop their acquired training and skills to create employment opportunities that will make them employers of labour rather than job seekers.
The governor gave the charge on Thursday at Ikorodu during the 26th convocation
ceremony of the Lagos State Polytechnic Ikorodu held at the college’s convocation ground, Ikorodu.
Governor Ambode noted that the economic climate of the country is desirous of young entrepreneurs determined to create and generate wealth and employment opportunities, assuring that the training and skills they have received in the college would put them in good stead to face the
challenges of survival in the present economic condition.
The governor who pledged his administration’s commitment to move
education from the norm of certificate acquisition to the level of knowledge
development through technology and skills acquisition expressed delight that graduating students from the state tertiary institutions have been prepared through strategic initiatives including “Ready, Set, Work” initiative to look forward to life after school.
Ambode who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule at the
Convocation Ceremony pledged that he would continue to invest substantial amount of resources in the education sector to enrich the pool of human resources from the state institutions.
According to him, no society can ever develop without good investment in
the education of its citizens, or provide enabling environment for ideas to thrive.
”The economic climate of the nation requires young vibrant entrepreneurs determined to create and generate wealth and employment opportunities.
”You are to create employment opportunities where none exists and to
constantly adjust to the dynamics of the market to drive investment and economic empowerment for many others.
”You should make the best use of your time to improve yourself constantly in this ever-changing world,” he said.
In his address, Mr Samuel Sogunro, the Polytechnic Rector, appreciated the governor for his attention to the needs of the polytechnic.
Sogunro urged the graduands to utilize the theoretical, practical and entrepreneurial skills acquired from the polytechnic to enhance their skills as job creators, and not white collar job seekers.
”By becoming job creators you would be playing your part in stemming down the level of hopelessness which is prevalent among young graduates who seek the non-readily available white collar jobs,” he said.
Sogunro named the overall best graduating student as Omotoyosi Fatogun, with Cumulative Grade Point Aggregate (CGPA) of 3.81 in the School of Pure and Applied Sciences, Department of Science Laboratory
Also speaking, Prof. Tajudeen Gbadamosi, Chairman, Governing Council of the polytechnic commended Gov. Ambode for dedicating 12.7 per cent of the 2018 budget to education.
Gbadamosi pledged to partner with the government in addressing many of the challenges that affected the development of the state and the country at large.
The overral best graduating student, Fatogun, said her success was not by
accident but by dint of hardwork, divine grace and ultimate blessings of the
On behalf of the graduands, she promised that they would be good ambassadors of the polytechnic and the state.