Ahead of its 7th combined convocation ceremony, which will take place on the 29th February, 2020, Kano state Polytechnic, has held pre-convocation lecture at Prof. Hafiz Abubakar hall, School of Technology, Annex, Kano.
The theme of the lecture is; “Funding of Nigeria Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Education: A catalyst for youth self employment and self reliance”, aimed at discussing and bringing forth issues, those mostly contributing and having effect on entrepreneurial education with relation to funding.
In his welcome address, the Rector of Kano state Polytechnic, Professor Mukhtar Atiku Kurawa, express delight for being part of this historic event, appreciating the presence of Kano state Governor and honourable minister of communication and digital economy for sparing time out of their busy schedule to attend the lecture session considering for long Kano Polytechnic hasn’t hold any in 20 years.
While delivering his lecture, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Ali Isah Ibrahim Pantami, spoke intensively on the topic of discussion, breaking down the theme into four areas; funding, tertiary institutions, youth, self reliance and employment taking them one at time exploring the relations to achieving and producing greater graduates in our institutions.
Pantami, further stress the need for more interventions in areas of education from donor agencies, government and the likes which he says, even the country’s budget to education is inadequate.
He said, “inadequate funding leads to the downfall of education, it is necessary and key to the success of our society”.
He therefore commend the efforts of the state government in its relentless effort in shaping and changing the narratives in areas of vocational and technical education, urging the governor on more engagements to these areas so as to fill the gap of unemployment, expressing how the country is accommodating more unemployed graduates by the day.
On his part, the Executive Governor of Kano state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, commends the minister for his reawakening call to the teeming youths, graduates and the government to do more on areas of vocational and technical skills rather than being inclined to their certificates alone.
He therefore also, urge them to have a rethink, open up their eyes to see reality of life as it is rather than daydreaming on their certificates obtained promising to revive technical and vocational skills centers across the state.
Among special guests at the lecture were, The Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Dr. Mas’ud Adamu Kazaure, who is the chairman of the occasion, thanks all and sundry for grazing the event worthy of remembrance, which he describes will be in the minds of many for it has come up with an issue that will change the narrative in addressing issue of unemployment not only in Kano, but the country at large.
The pre-convocation lecture got in attendance the Commissioner, ministry for higher education, Mariya Mahmud Bunkure, former deputy governor of Kano state, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, Vice chancellors, Provosts, Rectors among others.