Mr Samuel Sogunro, Rector, Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu, has appealed to Lagos State Government to support the institution towards the actualisation of its 15 new base programmes for the students.
Sogunro, who made the plea at the 27th combined convocation ceremony of the institution on Thursday, said that the programmes would further enhance the status of the polytechnic.
He said the 15 new base programmes before the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) for consideration would shift from objective-based to standards-based with a focus to change the entire scope of basic education.
The LASPOTECH rector said that the programmes included Transportation Planning Management, Welding and Fabrications Technology and Interior Design.
“Others include; Fashion and Clothing Technology, Mineral and Petroleum Resources Engineering, Surveying and Geo-informatics, Nutrition and Dietetics, Foundry Technology and Polymer Science Technology.
“Also, Environmental Health and Safety Technology, Home and Rural Economics, Agric Business Management, Library and Information Science, Statistics and Leisure and Tourism.
“These programmes will give more access for the teeming youths to acquire relevant skills in these new areas which are expected to reduce unemployment and boost the economy,” he said.
Sogunro said that as an entrepreneurial polytechnic, the curricula had been enriched to strengthen the students by introducing a general agriculture course for students at all levels.
“This will make the students be self-reliant and further enhance food production and security which is yielding good results already.
“Today, we are glad to present a total number of 16,315 well-groomed, trained and highly enterprising graduates who have completed their National Diploma(ND) and Higher National Diploma(HND) in various disciplines.
“Out of the total number of graduands, we have 598 with distinction, 5,332 with upper credit, 8,268 with lower credit and 2,117 with pass classifications,” he said.
Sogunro said: ”I commended the overall best graduating student of today which was Miss Alexandra Kingsley from the School of Engineering with a CGPA of 3.93 on a scale of 4.0.
“To graduating students, graduation signifies a successful closure of a chapter in your life and the reopening of another.
“As much as you can, be open to new experiences, also never lose sight of your goals and embrace resilience.
“As you are aware, the economy of our country, and indeed most countries of the world, is knowledge-driven. You are not expected to rely solely on the government for jobs.”
The rector also advised the graduands to think of what to do for Nigeria and not what Nigeria could do for them.
“Put your know-how into full use, set your creativity free and be ready to go and create jobs in the private sector, using the spirit of Ready-Set-Work,” he said.
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