Akwa Ibom state government has announced plans to establish a College of Science and Technology that will run as an intermediary programme to prepare students into Science and bridge the gap of effective science learning preceding tertiary education.
Governor Udom Emmanuel who stated this on Monday while receiving a delegation from University of Lagos, his Alma Mata, led by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe who paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Uyo, solicited collaborations with the University in the areas of personnel training and manpower development.
Emmanuel said the state is set to rejig the curriculars of education generally and that of Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU) through collaborative programmes and entrepreneurial courses packaged to establish students after their school year.
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According to Governor Emmanuel, “So we are trying to rejig the curricular, we want to bridge a gap of intermediary education the way you see in other places, so we are thinking of establishing a College of Science and Technology that will serve as an intermediate programme that will prepare people to come into science because in most cases students leave secondary school and gain admissions into the University, and most secondary schools don’t have the same standards, so we are trying to bridge that gap and it is an area we need a whole lot of assistance”
The Governor also indicated that plans are underway to formalize empowerment programmes at the skills acquisition center established by the state government to create jobs for youths, calling on University of Lagos to partner the state in areas of manpower development and entrepreneurial courses in the centre.
He thanked the delegation for the visit and promised to support the institution to host the Nigeria University Games Association (NUGA).
Speaking earlier, the Vice Chancellor University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, who described Governor Udom Emmanuel’s leadership as unique in the state said as an alumnus he has made the institution proud and expressed readiness to partner the state in manpower development of the state’s tertiary institution.