Embrace lifelong learning, educationist urges graduating students
March. 26, 2020
Representative of Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education, Mr Jonathan Ukpai (left); Acting Rector, Lagos City Polytechnic, Mr Oluseye Adebiyi; Chairman, Governing Council, Mr Babatunde Odufuwa; and Keynote Speaker, Mr Dideolu Falobi; at the 13th convocation of the polytechnic in Lagos.
Chairman, governing council of the institution, Mr Babatunde Odufuwa, urged the graduating students to embrace continuous education adding that education remained a vital channel for the shaping of human potentials for productive ends.
Odufuwa said, “I celebrate with the graduands. Your journey has just started. LCP has built the necessary foundation needed for you to succeed in life. You have been empowered with qualitative education to achieve the best possible, hence, you must note that education in life is a continued process; as graduands you should therefore not rest on your oars. You must imbibe the culture of lifelong learning to be able to produce large number of scientifically and technologically-literates; innovation, receptive, highly adapatable and problem- solving minded people.
“Education is the most important element in the process of human progress whereby ignorance is eliminated and the development of knowledge, skills, talents and the capacities of human beings are attained,” he added.
The chairman while admonishing the graduands said, “As you leave this historic institution committed to pioneering excellence, mentoring, modeling and shaping human life for productive end, do not forget the bridge that brought you. Always remember you alma mater.”
In his keynote address, governor Babatunde Sanwo-Olu urged graduands to be worthy ambassadors of the school and the state.Represented by the permanent secretary, in the ministry of education, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja, the governor said, “Today, I congratulate the graduating students of Lagos City Polytechnic. I urged you to ensure you represent your alma mater well and become a good pillar in the society and worthy ambassadors of your school and society at large.
“You must seek to be the best in your chosen profession and project the image of your school. The outside world is highly challenging and competitive, thus, you must prepare yourself to fit into the society, know the child of whom you are and make the institution proud.”
The managing director, Kresta Laurel Limited, Mr Dideolu Falobi, while delivering the convocation lecture titled, ‘Enhancing the standard of tertiary education in Nigeria’, identified inadequate funding, brain drain, instability of academic calendar, cultism, drug abuse amongst others as vices that had hampered tertiary education in Nigeria.
He advised the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the sector, saying, “The decay, the rot and the level of decadence are too much. The children that are not well trained might not allow those trained to live in peace, the time for the government to act is here and now.”
The Ag. Rector of the institution, Mr Oluseye Adebiyi advised graduands to make worthy impacts in their chosen field with good legacy and imprints for future posterity. No fewer than 658 students graduated from the school comprising 264 national diploma and 394 higher national diploma. The 658 were from the school of engineering and applied sciences as well as the school of business and management studies.