Rector reiterates commitment to staff development at School of Technology 3rd Annual Lecture.
The Rector Yaba College of Technology Dr. (Mrs.) Kudirat Ladipo has reiterated the management’s commitment to improving staff development.
The rector made this disclosure at the School of Technology’s Third Annual Lecture series entitled ‘’The Impact of Technology on Economic Growth: Implementation of Academic Curricular’’.
Dr. Ladipo revealed that “one of the ways by which the polytechnic can perform effectively and remain relevant in the global arena in contemporary times is by bravely exploring the frontiers of knowledge through the institution of lecture series, workshops, conferences and seminars in engaging areas of discourse such as today’s topic; and on a regular basis.”
The rector posited that the promotion of flexible skills in teaching methodology would go a long way in expanding competency towards better positioning for productivity in a keenly competitive environment. According to her, ‘’In Yaba College of Technology we are very proactive in this area. Indeed in the past two years, not less than five hundred staff have benefitted from academic excursions such as this at different form and at no mean cost to the college.
On her part the commissioner for Education Lagos state, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye who chaired the occasion said Lagos State Government under the administration of Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola has embarked on programmes that will enhance technology base in its educational system, intimating that centres have been created across the state in pursuance of achieving Millennium Development Goals in Education. She commends the organisers of the lecture series and appeal that the series be sustained.
Delivering the lecture, the Dean of the college of Food Sciences, Bells University of Technology, Ota, Professor Olugbenga Ogunmoyela called on federal government to effect radical reforms in the nation’s education curricular to enhance the creative potentials of Nigeria and its people. The don believes that a collaborative effort in manpower planning with industry input into curricular reviews was capable of spearheading the production of graduates whose training and knowledge are relevant to the needs of the community.
‘’A new radical approach is required. Hence with the political will, commitment and genuine transformational spirit to pursue the right education curricula, policies, strategies and partnership, we can unleash the creative potentials of our people, ‘’he said.
Emphasising the place of technological innovators on economic growth, Ogunmoyela said focus on research for development has shifted from classroom to the public arena where the needs of customers can be identified and produced for consumption.
‘’This means that technology has become a highly public enterprise and we now know better than to attempt to limit the frontiers of knowledge in a technologically driven generation, and in a world where traditional barriers of access to information have been broken’’, he submitted.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Dean School of Technology, Yabatech, Mr. J. O. Adigun said that it is imperative to know that this year’s lecture title was carefully selected as an integration of the department strategic objective on Millennium Development Goals in education.