By Ajogwu Jerry
The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday said graduates of polytechnics and colleges of technology in the country should use their training and skills acquisition to create more jobs and become employers of labour rather than job seekers.
The governor made the remarks during the 26th convocation of the Lagos State Polytechnic in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Ambode who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, maintained that the economic situation of the country required that young entrepreneurs be tasked to create wealth and employment opportunities through innovation.
“On our part, we will continue to move education from the norm of certificate acquisition to the level of knowledge development through technology and skills acquisition.
“No society can develop without good investment in the education of its citizens, or providing an enabling environment for ideas to thrive.
“You are to create employment opportunities where none exists and drive investment and economic empowerment for many others,” he said.
In his address, the polytechnic Rector, Mr. Samuel Sogunro, said:
“By becoming job creators, you (graduates) will be playing your part in stemming down the level of hopelessness among young graduates who seek the non-readily available white collar jobs.”