Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
The Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), Prof Abayomi Fashina, has declared that Nigeriaâ€™s faulty curricula being operated have made it difficult for the country to overcome poverty.
Fashina reiterated that education remains the best legacy to fight poverty and overcome it for someone to have a meaningful life.
Fashina spoke in Ado Ekiti on Saturday during an event organised by an APC Chieftain, Hon. Bimbo Daramola, where he interfaced with 1,050 admission seekers who benefited from his 2018 annual free Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) exercise.
Delivering a paper entitled: â€˜Nexus Between Education and Making of a Complete Manâ€™, Fashina said: â€œeducation bridges the gap between the rich and the poor, gives one employment to attain an enviable social status.
â€œIt took Nigeria a long time to realise that skills and entrepreneurial education remains the best, so that our graduates can be job creators rather than seekers after graduation. That was why unemployment created more poverty for our nation. I want to advise that skills and entrepreneurship must begin from secondary school level, without this, poverty may remain in our landâ€, he warned.
The organiser, Daramola, said the future of the youth is very paramount to him, saying this propelled him to be taking the bull by the horns through the initiative.
He said the free JAMB initiative was targeted at nurturing a new breed of leaders for Ekiti that would transform the state in the future.
â€œI sympathise with our people in Ekiti, because who can someone who has not been paid his salary for eight months be able to buy JAMB forms and pay school fees?
â€œI want to appeal to Ekiti people that we should not remain or go back to Egypt in 2018. We must make wise decision for the future of our children and our dear stateâ€.
The Deputy Chairman of APC, Mrs. Kemi Olaleye, who described Daramola as one of the leading governorship aspirants disclosed that many of the contestants will be persuaded not to procure nomination forms in the interest of the party.
Olaleye disclosed that the APC has 33 aspirants that had declared officially, but said not all of them will be allowed to buy nomination form.
â€œWe are very sure that we will win that election, Ekiti people are ready to vote for us , so not all our aspirants will be allowed to get the nomination form. We want to present our best for the position and when he wins, he wonâ€™t be messing around like we are experiencing nowâ€.
He said the worst among the aspirants on the platform of the party is more qualified in terms of exposure and innate ability to perform than Governor Ayodele Fayoseâ€™s preferred candidate, Prof Kolapo Olusola.