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02 December 2011


I am delighted to be here today, at this 27th Convocation Ceremony of Yaba College of Technology; an institution which is indeed a national heritage.  It is germane to recall today again that the seed of tertiary education in Nigeria was first planted here some sixty four years ago. 


This cradle of tertiary education in Nigeria has continued to produce academically sound, morally balanced and professionally qualified personnel relevant to the industrial emancipation of Nigeria.  Most of these products have been found to be proficiently competent and relevant to both the public and private sector as relevant knowledge workers with specialized skills.


It gladdens my heart to note that the entrepreneurship education which was pioneered by the college as a compulsory course has continued to stimulate the acquisition of productive and managerial skills for self-actualisation.  Through this programme, the products of the college are encouraged to become job creators and not job seekers.  This is certainly in tandem with the achievement of one of the Millenium Development goals of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger through productivity and economic empowerment.


It is pertinent that we seize the benefit of this occasion to reflect on our commitment to the dreams and aspirations of the founding fathers who mid-wifed the vision of 1947 with the establishment of this institution as the cradle of higher learning in Nigeria, and ascertain how far we have gone.  In the pursuance of this administration’s effort to actualize vision 20-2020, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan unveiled the Presidential Transformation Agenda for 2011 – 2015.  This was released at the one-day retreat for functional and executive management personnel in the Federal Ministry of Education, in July 2011. click to read more..


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