Ajimobi: Tech varsity poised to graduate innovators, entrepreneurs.
Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, yesterday disclosed that the Technical University, Ibadan (Tech-U) established in the state was poised to produce successful innovators and entrepreneurs, thereby changing the nation’s employment landscape from what it has been. He made the disclosure during the matriculation ceremony of the 190 pioneer students of the institution held at its campus along Lagos/ Ibadan Expressway.
While counselling the new students to be focused in life, Ajimobi said: “You must always aim to be the best in the world. If we sons and daughters of tailors and barbers can become what we are today, then you can also make it. I have no doubt that you all will succeed. I want you to go out there and change the employment landscape,” he said.
Ajimobi stated that his administration had at inception pledged commitment to human capital development, which could be accelerated through expansion of network and access to educational facilities, adding that the concept of the university was not to produce just graduates, but produce successful innovators and entrepreneurs with required skills.
“Engraved in that concept is our desire to produce technical professionals who in addition to a strong theoretical base, are equipped with vocational skills. They are to create jobs and not become additions to the nation’s over populated market of unemployed youths.
“The truth is that some of our unemployed youths are not just unemployed, but unemployable. We have appointed the best hands to ensure quality,” he said, noting that the establishment of the varsity was an alternative to avert impending possible catastrophe by an army of intellectually- sound minds that are not gainfully employed. In his opening remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Ayobami Salami, said the university was conceived and birthed by the governor to fill a yearning vacuum created in spite of thousands of graduates being turned out annually.