Corporate organisations and industrialists across the nation have been called upon to assist the nation’s higher institutions through direct investment and donation of equipment for learning and teaching.
The Rector, Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech), Dr. Margaret Kudirat Ladipo made the appeal at the commissioning of equipment worth N8 million donated to the institution by the Flour Milling Association of Nigeria.
“As an institution, Yabatech has continued to forge ahead in improving skills development through the adoption of best practices and teaching methodologies in advanced economies. We need the support of well meaning people at a critical time like this so that our goal to produce graduates for the global market and entrepreneurs would be realised fully.”
She commended FMAN for the donation saying the coincidence in the commissioning, and the 9th graduation of participants’ at the master bakers’ course run by the Department of Food Technology was sufficient signal that the equipment would generate funds for the College.
FMAN vice chairman and Managing Director, Honeywell Flour Mills Plc., Mr. Lanre Jaiyeola said the association, apart from contributing the equipment as part of corporate social responsibility came to the realisation that “improving the capacity and efficiency of master bakers will directly improve our business.
“We recognise the good work Yabatech is doing and as you continue to improve, we will do more. This is just the beginning. It is our prayer that Yabatech continues to soar higher, so that we are encouraged to render more assistance. We are a national association, as such, we plan to repeat this feat in other geopolitical zones of the nation,” he said.
The Group Managing Director (GMD), Flour Mills of Nigeria, Mr. Paul Gbededo said bread has come to stay as a staple food in Nigeria because of its cheapness and its popularity. “It is therefore important to train the users of flour on the best practices because if not properly prepared, flour could turn to poison.”
Responding to the rector’s call for support, the GMD, an alumnus of Yabatech, charged the alumni association to reach out to old students of the institution for support. He commended the Yabatech management for accepting to house the equipment in the institution.
The Head, Department of Food Technology, Mr. Peter Okolie thanked the FMAN for the donation, promising to put the equipment to judicious use.
Present at the event were Mr. Kwaku Boateng, who represented the Dangote Flour Mill, Mr. Adil Director of Dufil Prima Foods Plc, Deputy Rector (Academics), Dr. Olufemi Oyelola, Deputy Rector (Administration), Mr. Taofeek Omobayo Raheem, Registrar, Ms Charity Amakapabo, College Librarian, Mrs. Taye Adebowale, Dean, School of Technology, Mrs. E. Dada, represented by Mrs. Ayanfulu and senior academic and administrative staff of the College.