VTE development, empowerment, panacea to quick recovery of Nigeria’s economy-Provost

The Provost of Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, has identified development of Vocational and Technical Education ( VTE) and empowerment of people as one of the possible ways by which Nigeria’s economy could recover quickly having recently gone out of recession.
Prof. Ogen made the statement in an address delivered at the 9th Annual Conference and Exhibition organized by the institution’s School of Vocational and Technical Education, which held on Tuesday March 27, 2018 in the College. Describing the theme of the conference entitled:  “Actualizing Economic Recovery through Vocational and Technical Education, as very significant as it was tailored towards addressing the situation of our dear country as it gradually recovers from economic recession,  the Provost opined that communiqué that would be issued at the end of the conference would assist policy formulators in taking right decisions; having adopted several economic models and tried many prescribed panaceas that are yet to produce the desired results. He also expressed opinion that the gathering would be academically stimulating and, therefore, charged participants at the conference to focus attention on issues such as the ones relating to mono-sector economy, undue emphasis on paper certification, dependence on imported goods, neglect of small and medium scale industries as well as problem of inadequate infrastructure saying the move would assist the government in taking decisions that would help the nation to be on the path of full economic recovery.
The College Administrator commended the Dean of the School of Vocational and Technical Education, Dr. Stephen Akinbani and the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the conference, Dr (Mrs.) Mopelola Akintoye for organising and sustaining the annual intellectual tradition. Earlier in his address of Welcome, the Dean School of Vocational and Technical Education, Dr Stephen Akinbani explained that the theme of this year conference was chosen in order to brainstorm on ways by which critical stakeholders in commerce and industries could be assisted to enable them make positive contributions to national development. Also in her speech, the Chairman Local Organising Committee of the Conference Dr. (Mrs.) Mopelola Akintoye, stressed the importance of VTE in national development and, therefore, urged the Federal Government to give urgent attention to it through allocation of more funds saying the step would advance the growth and development of the country.
She expressed appreciation to the Provost of the College, Prof. Olukoya Ogen for his encouragement and financial support in making the conference a huge success. In a keynote address presented at the conference by Dr. ( Mrs.) Grace Olujoke Akanbi, a lecturer from the Federal College of Education ( Special) Oyo, Oyo state, she described the theme of the conference as timely against the backdrops of the fact that the conference was coming at a time when the country recently recovered from economic recession. She highlighted the nature and impact of economic crisis in Nigeria and lauded the Federal Government for steps taken to remedy the situation. Dr. Olujoke also spoke on issues relating to Vocational and Technical Education and urged the Federal government to give attention to it, by considering it as one of the keys that could be used for actualising economic recovery. She offered some suggestions on how the country could attain prosperity after surviving economic recession. The suggestions she made include the need for curriculum planners to shift emphasis from theoretical platform to more job related approaches when designing the syllabus of VTE courses, Proper implementation of VTE programmes, motivation of students and teachers who chooses VTE as career as well as provision of adequate funds needed for research, workshops, conferences and seminars noting that the move would help in updating technical knowledge and enhance the skills of VTE teachers and students.
Also in a lead paper presented at the occasion by a lecturer from the Tai Solarin University of Education (TAISUED), Ijebu- Ode, Ogun State, Dr. Oriola David Abiodun, he described VTE as one of the veritable tools that could help in proffering solutions to economic recession and recovery. The TASUED lecturer explained that VTE which places emphasis on the provision of practical training that develop students skillfully in their chosen areas of study in courses such as Agriculture, Business, Management, Home Economics, Fine and Applied Arts and Technical Education is very vital no nation survival as they (students) would become jod providers instead of seekers after the completion of their studies. He also spoke on the place of Vocational and Technical Education in Engendering Economic recovery and gave seven recommendations which he opined would help the country to attain self- sufficiency in food production, employment generation, technological breakthrough and sustainable development. The ceremony which held at the Obongawan Lecture theatre in the institution was attended by principal officers of the College including the Deputy Provost, Dr. Samuel Akintunde; Registrar, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede; Bursar, Mr Akinade Awoyemi and Acting Librarian, Mr Akinade Awoyemi. Also in attendance were Deans and Directors, Heads of Departments and Units and conference participants.