Lagos State Govenor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday said that technical education must never be seen as playing second fiddle to university education as both are equal.
Sanwo-Olu made this statement at the 27th convocation of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) held at the Ikorodu campus.
The governor also offered an automatic employment to the school’s overall best graduating student, Ms Nkechi Alexandra Kingsley with graduated Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.93 on a scale of 4.0
Sanwo-Olu also presented Alexdandra with a cash grant to hone her entrepreneurial skill.
The governor, who is the school’s Moderator, charged the graduands to see their periods of learning in the polytechnic as more than just an effort to obtain certificates. The Governor said the graduates must deploy their knowledge and skills to advance development and prosperity wherever they find themselves.
“On the education landscape, polytechnics occupy a very important position. They are seen as the bastions of technological innovation and development. As Nigeria strives to join the league of industrialised nations, we must develop industrial capacity, which also means that we must be able to offer to the world goods and services that are of greater economic value.
“Our polytechnics must be properly positioned for these opportunities. My administration will not allow the Lagos State Polytechnic to lag behind in any way.
“Our vision is to catalyse the development of this polytechnic and make it a world-class tertiary institution that will produce graduates who know and are confident of their place in the demanding world of the 21st century.”
“Self-development is critical. Stay hungry for knowledge and never rest on your oars. Many of the things people complain about contain opportunities for enterprising people to make a difference,” the Governor said.