The Oyo State House of Assembly has called for the overhaul of vocational and technical education in the state to ensure the desired rapid economic development.
In a motion moved at the plenary by the lawmaker representing Oyo East/Oyo West state constituency, Barrister Muideen Olagunju, the lawmakers noted that vocational and technical education was regarded as the engine of economic development.
Moving the motion titled:”Urgent Need to Overhaul Vocational and Technical Education in Oyo State with Particular Reference to Proper Funding of Government Technical Colleges”, Olagunju pointed out that a paltry sum of N1,000,000 was allocated to five existing technical colleges in the state.
The lawmaker urged the executive to establish a special trust fund exclusively for adequate funding of the technical colleges and urgent steps should be taken to appropriate more funds in form of grants to the schools, saying technical colleges had been the bedrock of giving learning opportunities.
He charged the state government to strengthen the curriculum and intensify vocational or entrepreneurship training currently available in the state tertiary schools.
Contributing, Hon. Fatai Adesina lamented that artisans were being brought from foreign countries to do technical jobs in the country while Hon. Solomon Akande suggested that the state education commissioner should be invited on the issue.
The House resolved to invite the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela and the Permanent Secretary in the ministry to brief the lawmakers on what they were doing to inject life into the technical schools.