The Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, Lagos, has said there is a need to de-emphasise theoretical education and make practice-focused, technology, technical, and vocational education a priority.

Speaking at a media briefing titled, “On the occasion of take-off of his second term in office starting from 26th May 2003 to 26th May 2027,’ the Provost, Dr Wahab Azeez, said Nigeria was in dire need of intervention in Technical Vocational areas of training.

Wahab revealed that his strategic plan for the next four years would be the establishment of a National Technical Vocational Training And Skills Acquisition.

He said, “We need to build the infrastructural base and train the personnel in order to be able to save the country a large sum of capital flight expended on the training of students abroad. I urge the country’s leadership to declare an emergency on this critical area of our development.

“We need to de-emphasise on theoretical education and put practice-focused, technology, technical and vocational education on the front-burner of our growth and development. As an administrator, I want to lead the College in that direction. Our graduates will henceforth be job creators and entrepreneurs as against job seekers.”

He lamented that some of the challenges of the college were inadequate allocation of funds, land constraints, insufficient manpower, lack of enough office spaces, teaching and learning equipment, and office furniture.

Azeez explained that digital and technological training of staff and students in order to meet the demands of the modern workplace would be given priority in his second tenure.

“We shall invest and produce our own alternative power energy by partnering with experts in Renewable and Solar Energy Power and Infrastructure,” he said.

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