Nigeria: LAGOS -
The Chief Executive Officer of Lonadek, Dr Ibilola Amao has said that polytechnic institutions should be more popular than universities because of the abouding natural resources waiting to be explored.
Dr Amao made this statement while delivering a keynote address on 'Investing in Youths and Building their Capacities- Pathway for National Transformation', at the round table meeting, unveiling and presentation of project reports to journalists, organised by the Nigerian Academic of Science (NAS) at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja.
Dr Amao explained that Nigeria has the opportunity to be a food basket if more concentration is given to refining, exploration and production, petrochemicals and chemicals, energy and power, marine, logistics, deep water, subsea and fertiliser.
"Only 35 per cent out of a possible 1.8 million graduates get employed annually. We should be looking at providing lasting solutions to unemployment, food production, epileptic power supply and youth engagement.
"In a country like Nigeria, polytechnic institutions should be more popular because of the many resources to be explored but it's appalling that polytechnic students are not even happy to be in the institution; they see themselves as second fiddle and always look for opportunities to get into the university," she said.
She added that the youths are the genuine hope of taking the country from a consumer nation to a producer nation but emphasised that the government must create enabling environment and structure that would afford the youths the opportunity of maximising their potentials.
Also, the president of the NAS, Prof Oyewale Tomori revealed that the essence of the gathering is to discuss things that are hindering the youths from performing excellently in their endeavours, adding that youths should stop seeing themselves as leaders of tomorrow because "they may wake up one day only to discover that there's no tomorrow."