Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has disclosed that the only way to develop Nigeria’s socio-economic potentials is to vote out President Goodluck Jonathan in February 2015.
The governor stated this on Thursday at the first Igbajo Polytechnic summit and fund-raising programme, held at the school’s permanent site in Igbajo.
According to the governor, the incumbent President Jonathan’s administration is making the country grow from bad to worse, hence the need for Nigerians to vote the president out and give the country the needed alternative to move the country to a greater height.
He noted that the country is degenerating very fast, particularly as the nation is now facing the problem of desecrating the judiciary, a body which ought to be respected to safeguard the interest of the common man.
“Every civilised nation has a respectful judiciary; any attempt to desecrate the judiciary is an invitation to anarchy.
“If police can no longer curb crime, then we are doomed, as the major duty of a government is to confront societal problems.
“What is even more disturbing is that the leadership of the country has not made any official statement regarding the inimical act against the judiciary,” the governor observed.
He said the major problem facing the country is not lack of resources, but mismanagement of human and natural resources the country is blessed with.
Aregbesola said the people that formulated the APC slogan are well-focused by making ‘Change’ the major slogan, while adding that what the country needs most now is change of leadership. He commended the organisers of the summit, saying it was what the nation needs in its bid to re-focus the failing education sector in the country.
According to him, the importance of technical education cannot be over-emphasized, saying any nation that desires development must give cognizance to its technical education and place priority on creating more technical manpower.
He said polytechnic education is meant to create entrepreneurs that could employ graduates and create jobs, as well as middle-class manpower for developing and even developed economies globally.
The governor stressed that the system has made technical education less attractive by placing emphasis on paper certificate instead of technical knowledge, while calling for a greater correlation between Nigeria’s technical education and the country’s developmental needs.
Governor Aregbesola disclosed that his administration is training technical manpower for the state developmental needs in various areas, including ICT, Mechatronics, as well as other sectors in an effort to reduce skill gap in the polity.
He therefore, urged the governing board of Igbajo Polytechnic to minimize the number of technical courses it offered in the school in order to be best in the specialized areas it decided to offer to its students.
In her address on the occasion, the State Deputy Governor and Commissioner for Education, Otunba (Mrs) Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, described the education summit as epoch-making, while she maintained that polytechnic education is imperative to national and societal developments.
She decried the disparity between university and polytechnic graduates, while blaming the disadvantage position of HND certificate holders on the society, which does not value technical knowledge. She said: “The State Government of Osun will continue to do everything within its power to ensure that technical education continues to grow in our dear state because it is the only way forward.”
In his welcome address, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Sunday Akere, used the occasion to appreciate the governor and the people of Igbajo on their support for the development of the polytechnic.