Ilaro – A Mechanical Engineer, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke, says Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is the bedrock for the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria.
Olagoke, a Senior Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro in Ogun, made the assertion on Thursday.
He spoke at the institution’s second inaugural lecture.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the lecture was: “The Honey Bees Sustainable Development Concept: TVET- SDG Linkage for Nigeria’’.
Olagoke said that it was important for government to explore the TVET as a vital source for the actualisation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He said: “For effective contributions of TVET to SDGs, secondary schools, vocational centres, technical colleges, polytechnics and universities must be well equipped with adequate facilities.
“In the 21st century, no nation is expected to be deficient following the United Nation’s directives and programmes on issues of development in which there are interventions.
“Like the honey bees, TVET-SDGs linkage can enhance Nigeria’s sustainable development.
“The honey bees’ sustainable concept is eternal, producing beyond internal consumption.
“Nigerians, through the TVET-SDG linkage can equally attain a sustainable development environment with seriousness and regards for ethical practices,’’ Olagoke said.
He urged government to encourage TVET and entrepreneurship through policies that would address macro-economic constraints, high packaging costs and dumping of products from emerging economic blocs.
Olagoke also advised the government to resuscitate industries, replace importation with aggressive manufacturing and stabilise the power sector to favour industrial resuscitation.
“Government must review upward the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members’ allowances and organise a compulsory saving scheme for the purpose of empowering them into entrepreneurship after their service,’’ he said.
In his remarks, the Rector of the polytechnic, Mr Olusegun Aluko, said that no country could join the league of industrialised nations without deep research in engineering and technology.
Aluko described the guest lecturer as one of the pillars of the institution who had served meritoriously, adding that the inaugural lecture was the second to be delivered in the institution.
Source: Sundiata Post