The Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has advised students of higher institutions in the country not to focus on etting white collar job alone but how to be self- reliant and be employers of labour.
The Governor gave the advice at the 1st Foundation Day Lecture of the Federal Polytechnic Ile-Oluji , Ondo State yesterday.
Represented by his Deputy, Hon. Agbopla Ajayi, the Governor said learning at university should not be the focus in seeking white collar job but how to be self-reliance in the future for the development of the country.
According to him, "if the viable and vocational education should be in place it will replace the era of dependence on oil"
The Governor ,who noted that vocational programme, is among the five cardinal programmes of his administration to create employment for teeming youths in the states said the world is in the stage of global technology driven, adding that Nigeria as a nation should cope with for its development.
He urged students of the polytechnic to develop more interest in skill acquisition which he said will go a long way to help them to be self-reliance particularly at this period the country is facing economic hardship.
Delivering his address, the Rector, the Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji, Ondo State, Professor Emmanuel Fasakin, said the administration of the former Presidrnt Goodluck Jonathan announced the establishment of four new Federal Polytechnics in 2014 which the institution was one of them
The establishment of the institution, the Don said is the beginning of change in the town and life of people in the state because of the educational , economic and general development impact the polytechnic will bring.
Highlight of the event include lecture titled "Building Entrepreneurial and Self-Reliant Graduates through Technical and Vocational Education" delivered by the Vice Chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Prof. Adeniyi Gbadegesin , who was represented by Prof. Joshua Ajetomobi