By Arowona Abdulazeez
Developnent Associations in the florin emirate of Kwara have been changed to establish an education endournment fund for the development of science education in order to attain technological advancement in the emirate.
ROYAL NEWS reports that the President of the Third Estate, Alhaji Ahmed Bolaji-Nagode gave the charge while speaking at the 2017 Eid el Kabir Dinner organised by the club held in llorin the Kwara capital.
Bolaji-Nagode who is the Director General, National Power Training lnstitute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) noted that there is no remarkable improvement in science education in the llorin emirate which comprise llorin West, llorin South, llorin East, Asa and Moro Local Government areas of the state
He suggested that various development Associations in the emirate should utilize the endourmrnent fund in sponsoring indigines of the emirate gifted to study science courses at Tertiary lnstitutions.
The President described the condition of science education in some schools in the state as not encoursging and charged Development Associations to salvage the situstion.
He noted that no Governnent no matter how benevolent can singlehandedly solve the problem confronting the education sector
Bolaji-Nagode called for the establishment of lCT centres and Agro Allied industries by well meaning Indigenes of the state to arrest the problem of soaring unemployment in the ststr
The President of the Third Estate advocated for the establishment of data bank which will highlight achievers from the emirate to serve as Inspiration for younger generation
“The llorin emirate had produced the first indigenous lawyer from the North, the Chief Justice of Nigeria President of the Court of Appeal, number two citizen during the military era and presently the Senate President, ” he said.
The outgoing Vice Chancellor of the University of llorin. Prof AbdulGsniyu Hambali in his remark identified lack of electricity as factor retarding the developnent of science education.
He said no science practicals could be carried out effectively without power supply which many lnstitutions cannot afford.
The Guest Lecturer at the Dinner and director Test Administration with the Joint Admission Matriculation Board $JAMB), Dr Yusuf Lawal disclosed that more applicants apply for Arts and Management courses than Science courses.
He said more applicants need be encouraged to study Science courses in Tertiary lnstitutions to attain Technological Advancement.
The representative of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed and the state Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Atolagbe Alege in his remark called on wrll meaning indigines of the state and corporate bodies to always complement the state Governnent effort at prividing qualitative education.
Alege noted that no Governnent can independently cater for all factors militating against functional education in any society.
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