Chief Afe Babalola, founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), has advised the people of Ekiti to join hands with the state government in its bid to reposition technical and vocational education.
The ABUAD founder, who made it known that government alone could not fund education due to the competing needs of other sectors, stated that the repositioning will tackle youth unemployment.
Babalola urged the private sector to adopt a new view towards supporting the state government in tackling the challenges confronting the education sector.
Aare Babalola spoke in Ado-Ekiti while hosting members of the Board for Technical and Vocational Education, led by its Chairman, Kayode Babade, who paid him an advocacy visit in his office.
According to Babalola, both the government and the private sector could partner to elevate the educational sector in the state, noting that the efforts of Governor Kayode Fayemi and the Chairman and members of BTVE had significantly helped the fortunes of technical colleges in the state that were already dying.
“I strongly believe the private sector must go beyond the payment of education levy and be ready to join hands with the state government in expanded funding for its education sector which will ensure the technical colleges produce graduates who can transform this state and in extention, the nation,” Babalola stated.
The BTVE Chairman, Kayode Babade, urged all able Nigerians to emulate Aare Babalola and intervene in the educational sector.