PMO lauds OSCOTECH on academic innovations, seeks youth re-orientation

* OSCOTECH courses designed to make students self-reliant – Rector

* As three OSCOTECH JABU conversion programme students bag First Class

By Nudoiba Ojen

The Permanent Secretary, Osun State Parastatal Monitoring Office (PMO), Mr Olusola Bolaji, has hailed Osun State College of Technology (OSCOTECH), Esa-Oke for progress recorded in academic innovations.

This came as three students of OSCOTECH Esa-Oke JABU Conversion Programme graduated from Joseph Ayo Babalola University, lkeji Arakeji with First Class Degree, an outstanding performance that confirmed the standard of Oscotech academic activities.

Bolaji, who charged Nigerian youths to focus on job re-skilling, which could make them less dependant on government white collar jobs, called for re-orientation of youths against travelling abroad for greener pasture.

The bureaucrat spoke at Esa Oke, Osun State when he led PMO officials on a visit to OSCOTECH to interface with the College with a view to reporting progress made by the institution to the government, as well as finding out areas where the institution needs assistance from the government.

Others on Bolaji’s entourage were the Director, Administration and Supply, Mr Adeagbo Adedere and Mr Folorunso Joseph Lasun.

According to a statement by the S.A Media and Public Relations, Bayo Ajilore, the PS observed that “Osun State has a healthy youthful population which if properly channelled, will contribute positively towards the development of the state”.

“There is need for re-orientation of youths against travelling abroad for greener pasture. They should rather focus on job re-skilling, which can make them less dependant on government white collar jobs”.

Bolaji described OSCOTECH Chairman, Prince Diran Odeyemi and Rector, Dr Samson Akinbamide Omobayo Adegoke as “visionary leaders whose synergy has resulted in the peace and progress the college is presently enjoying”.

The Rector, Dr Adegoke, who thanked the visitors for their visit, said, “The courses in the college are designed to make the students self-reliant and not necessarily dependant on government white collar jobs.

He said the college had programmes designed for upgrading Certificates and up skilling personnels for the present work place challenges.

Adegoke said the college was capable of skills acquisition empowerment programmes for politicians if consulted, adding that it has enough personnel for short courses training and re-training of state and local government staff in Town Planning, Surveying and other professional programmes.

The Rector, however, listed the challenges of the institution to include insufficient funding and shortage of staff.

The Governing Council Chairman, Prince Odeyemi, who received the Permanent Secretary and his entourage in his office, thanked the visitors for the visit.

Odeyemi who appreciated Governor Ademola Nurudeen Jackson Adeleke for appointing him as Chairman, Governing Council of OSCOTECH, also thanked the Management and Staff of the institution for the good reputation already built.

He promised to support the institution in ensuring more progress during his tenure as he promised to personally make a case for the IGR staff with the state government.

Also in attendance were the Deputy Rector, Mrs Cecilia Kehide ljitona; the Registrar, Mr. S.O Popoola and the Bursar, Mr. J.O Makinde.

The students are who graduated with first class are Ayorinde Deborah Motunrayo, from the Computer Science Department; and Adewusi Adedoyin Waris and Adejare Olaide Ridwan, both from the Business Administration Department.

Ajilore stayed that “the approved results of JABU graduating students revealed that three OSCOTECH students mentioned who made First Class Honours also had Distinctions in their HND programme in OSCOTECH.

“With their outstanding performance, these students have further confirmed the standard of Oscotech academic activities and affirmed OSCOTECH ‘Distinction grade’ relevant in the university settings.

“OSCOTECH News congratulates the management, staff and students for recording yet another giant stride. We also congratulate the Directorate of Partnership, Collaborations and Linkages headed by Dr. Wale Oyekanmi for recording this great feat. It’s our prayer that the mission of our dear college continue to prevail in the life of her products,” Ajilore stated.

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