The Vice-Chancellor, the First Technical University, Ibadan, Prof. Ayobami Salami, has stressed the need for higher institutions in the country to focus on entrepreneurial and vocational education in order to make students market-ready and competitive.
Salami spoke on Tuesday, during the matriculation ceremony of 184 students for the 2019/2020 session, at the Tech-U E-Library Complex of the university.
The event, which was preceded by a parents’ forum, had in attendance dignitaries that included the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Oyo State, Mrs Funmilayo Orisadeyi; and mother of the state governor, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
According to the VC, entrepreneurial and vocational educational was key to bridging the employment gap in Nigeria.
He said, “We believe it has got to a point, in our country, when critical stakeholders should ask the question: What manner of educators are satisfied with just producing students who end up in the labour market, begging for the employment that is hardly there?”