By Abavo Kingsey



Prof Abiodun Falodun speaking during the event.

Prof Abiodun Falodun speaking during the event.

The former Institute of Management and Technology now Edo State Polytechnic, Usen will goes world class .

The rector Prof. Abiodun Falodun made this declaration on Thursday, 3 May, 2018 when the school held its first Eminent Scholar lecture Series.

In line with the new order, the lecture was organized to mark the 2017/2018 academic session matriculation being the 16th since 2002 the school was established.

Professor Falodun addressing the audience said that his administration has the mandate of the State Government to transform the institution into a world class.

Hence “the institution is been restructured in line with  the state Government intentions, in line with the strong desire and passion of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of this State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

“The institution today is witnessing innovation in different aspects, academic infrastructure and administrative infrastructure so that it can produce quality graduates that will meet the needs of the industry and the Nigerian society.

“Also, quality graduates with functional entrepreneurial skills that will help to make job creators and not job seekers.”

Towards having and sustaining high standards he said that measures have been put in place to ensuring admission were strictly adhered to.

“We cannot have admission through the back door. Therefore we have instituted the Edo State Polytechnic, Usen Admission Committee.

“And that committee has HODs, Deans as members to ensure that the matriculation requirements are strictly adhered to.”

Professor Falodun disclosed that in conformity with modern day trend activities of the school are ICT driven as new initiative has been made to expose students to the industries.

Towards this the school has entered into partnership with the biggest Entrepreneurship Skills Acquisition Centre in Africa, ‘Bioscience Africa’ to avail students’ industrial training free of charge he said.

Urging students to key into the initiative of his administration and that of the State Government by taking advantage of facilities available, Falodun assured that information about activities of the school is on its portal.

Acknowledging that challenges exist in actualization of the task at hand though not insurmountable, the former deputy vice Chancellor, Administration University of Benin, appealed to all stakeholders to actively participate.

Earlier Professor Eddie Erhaigbe Dean, Faculty of Arts and Orator, University of Benin delivered the lecture titled: ‘Right to Education and Work; Panacea for Insecurity in Nigeria.’

He declared that Nigeria education is urgently in need of holistic overhaul to make it one that will equip the graduate with functional and entrepreneurial skills.

This he posits will make the graduate self employed and employer of labour instead of seekers of the nonexistent job.

Professor Erhaigbe held that the right education could provide the panacea to prevailing high scale insecurity in Nigeria.

But laments the situation is seemingly hopeless and irredeemable because leaders have over the years abandoned their constitutional responsibility to the people once they get into office.

He said leaders must make a return to the fundamental responsibility enshrined in the constitution in their relationship with the people if insecurity must truly and effectively be tackled.

Though the Nigeria state has been submerged in legion of challenges that make citizens want to give up hope for better tomorrow, there are indications that she could be great again if flashes of innovative development by leaders at the various components can be transferred to the centre, Erhaigbe argued.

The second lecture of the event titled – ‘Polytechnic Education: Gateway for Youth Empowerment and sustainable Economic Development was delivered by Professor Christian Oduma also of the University of Benin.

Emphasizing the importance of the polytechnic education in the quest for technological development of a nation in relation to providing employment for the people especially the youths,  Oduma called for a synergy of Government and all stakeholders.

He made case for adequate funding of polytechnic by Government to enable them effectively execute outlined programs.

Also the management must be prudent in financial management as well be innovative.

Oduma called for the sustenance of the campaign for youth’s acquisition of entrepreneurial skills as it is the only way out of the prevailing glut of unemployment in Nigeria.

537 Matriculants swore to the oath of allegiance of the Polytechnic.