Education has been described as an important tool to human development in all parts of the world and necessary for socioeconomic and political development of the people and nation.
This hint was given by the Rector of Owing College of Management Technology (OWUTECH), Wasinmi in, Ogun State, Dr. Samuel Aderemi Adekunle at the first matriculation ceremony of the college held recently.
He stated that while Primary and Secondary education form the building blocks of human capital development tertiary institutions provide the necessary skills and expertise for the needed manpower that drives innovation and assists both socioeconomic and political development.
“Technical education is an instrument for driving effective national growth and economic development as well as a dynamic instrument for eradication of poverty. Hence the need to develop the youths and make them productive”.
Dr. Adekunle stated that Owu College of Technology is providing a template on which the youth academic, technical and professional aspirations could be met.
According to Rector, ” our vision is to become the foremost Management and Technology academic institution vastly accessible to the grassroot, especially the youths in the sub-urban and rural areas. The college produces middle level manpower using technological resources through effective learner services”.
Dr. Adekunle said that the college focused on educational and technical training needs of the individual student and provide essential support within a friendly learning environment to help every student achieve his or her dream.
The Rector of the College therefore challenge their students to have great dreams. He supported his advice with the postulate of Lupita Amondi Nyongo, “Dreams are not dependent on your background or where you come from, the truth is simple that no matter where you come from your dreams are valid”.
Dr. Adekunle stated that as part of their efforts to enhance the marketability and employability of our graduates in the global labour market.
“Our comprehensive educational package makes every student to have three essential skill areas with certification upon completion, namely professional academic and entrepreneurship”.
He disclosed that OWUTECH is presently in affiliation with the under listed relevant professional bodies both in Nigerian and overseas: CISCO Academy, USA; Chartered Institute of Administration; Chartered Institute of Public Management; Chartered Institute of Commerce of Nigeria; Association of Information and Management Science.
Others are: Institute of Administration and Economic Planners; Institute of Export; Institute of Treasury and Financial Administration; Institute of Data Processing; Institute of Sales and Management and Institute of Criminology and strategic Studies.
The school Administrator revealed that the college offers scholarship opportunities for smart indigent students, stating presently one hundred students are on 100 percent tuition scholarship.
The Rector stated that in spite of the scholarship opportunity, the college management has consciously fixed the school fees incredibly low for all students despite high cost of operation.
He called on the affluents in the society to join hands with them in funding, materials and advice. We solicit the support of corporate organisations in donations, particularly in providing infrastructure for the college.
He stated that there were opportunities
for individuals and organisations wishing to partner with the college in the areas of: Hostel accommodation; running of Cafeteria and mini mart; setting up of water factory; bakery; printing press; animal farms and Afro processing factories among others.
The Rector said for those who desired to continue their studies immediately upon graduating from OWUTECH, the have developed relationship with a number of Universities and Polytechnics both in Nigeria and Overseas.
Among the institutions are Ignore Owu Polytechnic, Ilorin, Keats state; Grace Polytechnic, Lagos; Keats State Polytechnic, Ilorin; Southwestern University, Ogun State; Lead City University, Ibadan and Hallmark University, Ogun State.
Dr. Adekunle disclosed that the institution has signed an affiliation MOU with the Vice Chancellor, Elitist State University. The new relationship we enable OWUTECH graduates to stay back in the college to run undergraduate programme and obtain bse degree of Elitist State University in their respective courses
He also stated that serious work is in progress on the Open Distance Learning Programme of the College. The ODL platform provides interested learners from every part of the World to make use of OWUTECH online platform to study.
This, according to him will provide opportunity for learners to run training courses in Diploma and Degrees.
The Rector charged the students to steer clear of cultism and the college would not tolerate it, saying that its reward is untimely death.
The Registrar of the college, Mr. Dapo Kolawole in his speech charged the students to take their studies seriously, assuring them that the management of the college would strive hard to give them the best.
The ceremonious occasion was graced by academia and community leaders from from far and near. In attendance were: His Royal Majesty, Oba Babatunde E. Oshuntogun, Oniwasimi of Wasinmi ably represented by: Chief Yisa Bello, Osi of Wasinmi; Chief Folaji Saobanu, Abesin of Wasinmi; Chief Timothy Kehinde, Aremo of Wasinmi, and Chief Toriola Sunday, Oganla of Wasinmi; Managing Director of Astra Polaris MicroFinance, Mr. Ogunsan Akintunde.
Others were: Hon. (Dr.) Babatunde Lamidi, Chairman Governing Council; Alhaji Waheed Adekunle, CDA Senatorial Chairman, Ogun State Central; Dr. Olayiwola Adeosun, Rector, Grace Polytechnic; Professor Yinusa Amusa, VC Southwestern University, Okun Owa, Ogun State; Rector and Registrar Igbo Owu Polytechnic, Ilorin, Kwara State; Dr. Timothy Okeowo, Head of Department, Agriculture Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, Lagos; Mr. Adebunmi, Council Manager, Surulere LG, Surulere, Lagos; Mr. Hon. Adepoju Ogun Business Connect; Pastor Emmanuel Jejelaiye of RCCG, Wasimi