Against the backdrop of obsolete teaching aids and equipment in some Nigerian tertiary institutions, and the compelling need to produce top-notch graduates that would fit into the increasingly advanced world of work, Rector, Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), Dr. Margaret Kudirat Ladipo, is appealing to corporate bodies to come to the aid of tertiary institutions.
According to her, corporate organisations and industrialists should endeavour to assist these institutions, through direct investments and donation of equipment, which she said would go a long way in bolstering teaching and learning.
Ladipo made the appeal at the commissioning of equipment worth N8m donated to the institution by the Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN).“As an institution, YABATECH has continued to forge ahead in improving skills development, through the adoption of best practices and teaching methodologies in advanced economies. We need the support of well-meaning people at a critical time like this so that our goal to produce graduates for the global market and entrepreneurs would be realised fully.”
The rector, who showered plaudits on FMAN for the donation, said the coincidence in the commissioning of the facility and the ninth graduation of participants’ at the master bakers’ course, run by the Department of Food Technology, was sufficient signal that the equipment would generate funds for the school.
Apart from contributing the equipment as part of corporate social responsibility, FMAN Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Honeywell Flour Mills Plc., Mr. Lanre Jaiyeola, said the association came to the realisation that, “improving the capacity and efficiency of master bakers will directly improve our business.
“We recognise the good work YABATECH is doing, and as you continue to improve, we will do more. This is just the beginning. It is our prayer that YABATECH continues to soar higher, so that we are encouraged to render more assistance. We are a national association, as such, we plan to repeat this feat in other geopolitical zones of the nation,” he said.
The Group Managing Director (GMD), Flour Mills of Nigeria, Mr. Paul Gbededo, said bread has come to stay as a staple food in Nigeria. “It is therefore important to train the users of flour on the best practices because if not properly prepared, flour could turn to poison.”
Responding to the rector’s call for support, the GMD, an alumnus of YABATECH, charged the alumni association to reach out to old students of the institution for support, and commended the school’s management for accepting to house the equipment in the institution.