By OLASUNKANMI AKONI & MONSUR OLOWOOPEJO
LAGOS—Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has stressed the need for technical education in the country, saying the scarcity of technical personnel in the country could be solved through adequate funding of technical education, even as he announced the introduction of hybrid curriculum in technical colleges in the state.
This came as 6,467 students in the five technical colleges in the state, yesterday, received certificates in technical education at a graduation in Ikeja.
Meanwhile, Fashola, also commissioned the first Samsung Engineering Academic in the country, aimed at developing and training young engineers in the state.
The governor, who spoke at the graduation and special awards at Government Technical College, Agidingbi, Ikeja, said technical education was as important as other orthodox types of education.
Describing the event as remarkable and a massive boost to vocational education in the state, he said the nation’s economy would only thrive if government remained committed to vocational education.
He said his administration was committed to giving priority attention to vocational training and skill acquisition.
On the new hybrid curriculum for technical colleges in the state, Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board,LASTVEB, Olawunmi Gasper, explained that the new hybrid curriculum will take effect from next month.