COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF A THREE–DAY JOINT NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE KWARA STATE POLYTECHNIC, ILORIN ON STRENGTHENING POLYTECHNIC EDUCATION: A PANACEA FOR COMBATING CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES
DATE: - THURSDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER, 2021
The three-day Joint National Conference of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin which started on Tuesday, 28th September 2021 on the Permanent Site of the Polytechnic, along Old Jebba Road came to an end today Thursday, 30th September 2021.
Two main papers, one the Key Note Address and the then, the Lead Paper both of which centered on the theme of the conference were presented by Dr. Olatunji Lateef Ademola, Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Offa and Engineer Fasasi, M.B. Acting Rector, the Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki respectively.
Ninety-seven papers fashioned from the sub-themes of the conference were presented at the conference.
The following main observations were made at the Conference.
- Polytechnic education plays a vital role in human resource development of a country by creating skilled manpower, enhancing industrial productivity and improving the quality of life.
- Vocational and Technical education is a major tool which advanced countries have used to develop their economies.
- Polytechnic education which is the bedrock of this development in Nigeria is faced with a myriad of challenges among which are: poor funding, deplorable infrastructure, obsolete and high cost of equipment, outdated curriculum, inadequate manpower and absence of a national commission for Polytechnics, among others.
- The National Board for Technical Education Curriculum should be reviewed towards ensuring that Polytechnic products are not only employable but also self-employed to a large extent.
- The Curriculum review should take into account the fast-changing global technological development and address contemporary challenges in Nigeria.
- New courses in the areas of fashion and clothing Technology, General Arts, Catering General Arts and Music should be introduced into the NBTE Curriculum.
- Nigerian Polytechnics should be better funded and infrastructural facilities should be provided for them.
- There is need for the establishment of a National Polytechnic Commission through which issues related to the running of Nigerian Polytechnics can be better addressed.
LAWAL, M.B. DR. AJADI, B.S.
Chairman, LOC Secretary, LOC