Gov Godwin Obaseki of Edo has advocated the need for technical and vocational educational system in the country for human capital development.
Obaseki made the call at the 4th Convocation ceremony of Edo State University, Uzairue on Saturday.
“As a government, we prioritise technical and vocational education. Because we believe to build our country, our educational system must now focus on building people who can use their hands and skills in the work place.
“As a government we have in the last six years place premium on education.
“We have continued to implement transformational reforms in our basic educational sector, because we believe that the foundation in which education rests must be a solid one,”
The governor said that there was need to strengthen the basic foundation of education in the country for human capital development.
“Unless we strengthen the foundation of education in this country by strengthening basic education and promoting technical education, we will not have strong human capital base which we require to transform our country.
“As a government we are doing all of this because we want to ensure we train and prepare students like Damola you saw today winning all the prizes for the university system.
“Am sure Damola did not learn everything in your school in the last four to five years but it was because of the very solid basic foundation he received which he has been able to build up in this university.
“Our vision for higher education learning in Edo state is that we should be able to compete with the best in the world, offering education that is relevant,”
The governor commended the vice chancellor and management of the institution for the growth so far attained in the university and urged them to continue to sustain the record.
“It is such a delight that Edo University Uzairue is working assiduously toward meeting this target and today we proudly host scholars and academics that proffer solutions to our societies’ problems.
“This university has continued to record impressive milestone in its self-reliance and sustainability.
“We are impressed with the growth so far attained and we believe that you still have a long way to go. So, therefore, do not rest on your oars.
“I want to congratulate our chancellor, vice chancellor and management of this university for another successful academic year. This academic year has been one in which our education system has been highly challenged.
“It is remarkable that why most public universities have not operated this academic yea, here we are in our own university graduating our first set of post graduate students”
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Emmanuel Aluyor, said the institution graduated 318 students in this year’s convocation ceremony.
“In this year convocation ceremony, a total of 26 Masters, nine Post Graduate Diploma and 283 undergraduate students were found worthy in character and learning to be awarded Edo University Uzairue degrees in their various disciplines.
“Among our graduands, 15 graduated with first class honours; 120 students with second class honours (upper division); 102 students with second class honours (lower division); while 11 students graduated with third class honours,’’
The vice chancellor said the university had made remarkable achievements since inception in 2006.
Aluyor said that with the notable achievements, management would ever be committed to the advancement of the institution and to maintain the highest standard of delivering quality education to Nigerians.
Highpoint of the ceremony was the conferment of Honorary Doctorate degree of Business Administration on Chief Abu Inu-Umoru, Chairman Setraco Nigeria Ltd. and Hartland Construction Company; while Seyi Agbooro of the Department of Civil Engineering graduated as the best student with 4.94 CGPA.