Seyi Makinde

For its unwavering devotion to functional education through emphasis on technology, entrepreneurship and technical skills, Nigeria’s premier technical university, First Technical University (Tech-U), Ibadan has been commended.

This accolade came its way during the University’s first Annual Distinguished University Lecture held last Thursday.

Speaking at the event, the Executive Governor of Oyo State and Visitor to the University, Engr. Seyi Makinde, represented by his deputy, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan, lauded Tech-U for its unique brand of education and for blazing the trail in bridging the skills gap of young people in the country.

The Visitor, who also inspected exhibitions of products made by Tech-U students during the ceremony, said he was impressed with the various innovative products on display and charged the University to continually think out of the box.

While commending the Lecture, he said that there is a need for the recalibration of the university system to meet up with the demands of a fast-paced knowledge economy. Assuring of Government’s support, he noted that the Oyo State government under Engineer Makinde’s administration holds education in high esteem.

On his part, the Guest Lecturer, Professor Toyin Falola, who is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin, also extolled the strides made by Tech-U since debuted two years ago.

He said, “When oil finishes, Nigeria will fall back to products of the Tech-U. It is certain that this University will play a critical role in the transformation of both the city of Ibadan and Nigeria as a whole”.

Earlier in his welcome address, Professor Ayobami Salami, Vice Chancellor, Tech-U, assured that Tech-U is committed to projecting Oyo State into national and international reckoning as a strategic player in meeting human capital requirements in newly emerging and projected new work areas, notably in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

“Both in our conception and modes of operation, the First Technical University is unique. It was conceived as a financially self-sustaining publicly-owned institution with a strong leaning towards the private sector practices for efficiency and sustainability.

The University seeks to create a niche for itself in the Nigerian higher education emporium by training students to combine intellectual advancement with the development of innate and acquired technical and vocational competences in diverse work areas”, Ayobami said.

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