The Rector of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Professor Oludele Itiola, has urged the Federal Government to intensify its efforts in the diversification of the country’s economy into agriculture and other sectors capable of putting the country’s economy back on good footing.
Prof. Itiola added that if Nigeria must survive the present economic crunch, the government must focus on reviving the agricultural sector with a view to encouraging local industries to thrive instead of the “mono-import economy the country is running now.”
The Rector, who spoke at the 14th Convocation of the institution, urged the government to tailor the educational development of the Nigerian youth on the challenges facing the country’s economy in order for them to think out of the box.
Graduands who studied various courses in the institution between 2009 and 2015 were awarded Ordinary National Diploma (OND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) certificates at the convocation ceremony.
The Rector, who hinted that MAPOLY would soon establish a School of Agricultural Technology, said “This will not only break a new ground but also offer the institution an opportunity to launch our graduates into a sector that has long been seemingly neglected but that promises to bring our economy out of the woods.”
He insisted that the country’s higher institutions of learning needed to review their total learning process so as to produce graduates that are entrepreneurship inclined.