The Oyo State House of Assembly on Tuesday summoned the state commissioner for education, science and technology, Professor Joseph Olowofela, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology as well as the officials of the board on technical education in the state.
The invitation which was adopted with a voice vote by the lawmakers followed discussions on the need for the state government to increase the budgetary allocation to the five technical colleges in the state.
Hon. Muideen Olagunju, a member of Accord party representing Oyo East/Oyo West state constituency, had called the attention of the Assembly to the need to overhaul vocational and technical education in the state with particular reference to proper funding of government technical colleges.
Olagunju said: “As important as the learning opportunities in the technical colleges appear to be, government seems to be paying scant attention to the provision of qualitative education in the colleges.
“In the Oyo State Appropriation Law 2017 only a paltry sum of N1 million was approved as running gran for the five colleges,
“The executive arms of government in oyo state must also strengthen the curriculum and intensity of vocational or entreprenuership training currently available in the state’s tertiary institutions such that students undertaking more formal courses can also undertake entrepreneurship training that will make them more employable”