A Guidance and Counselling expert, Mrs Oshagbemi Oluyemisi has admonished technical students to take up the responsibility of fixing the nation, saying the solution to Nigeria’s problem is not cybercrime, gangsterism, kidnapping or ritual killings but their skills and tools.
Oluyemisi who addressed Tech 3 students of Government Technical College (GTC), Ikotun in Lagos at an event tagged ‘Career Guidance Day’ encouraged them not to run away from their responsibility but be courageous to fix the nation.
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The event held to mark the closing ceremony of ‘The Future Workers Program’, an education sector response by Development Research and Project Centre (dRPC) with support from the Open Society Foundations so as to support technical schools across Nigeria.
Presenting a lecture on a paper titled ‘Be Focused’ Oluyemisi said that countries can mainly be fixed through technological development, saying, the students were lucky to have been equipped in various trades.
“We all have the responsibility of fixing Nigeria. I am doing mine, the government is doing hers by providing you this golden opportunity, so do yours as you step out of this place. The foundation for fixing our country has been laid in you through the training acquired. The three years of study here is to bring out the best in you. So, do not relent in your effort until you become the one to get Nigeria to the top,” she urged.
Also, the Executive Secretary of Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, (LASTVEB), Ms. Ronke Azeez, enjoined the outgoing students to be on top of information and take advantage of the skills they have acquired.
In his welcoming address, the Principal, GTC, Ikotun Mr. Alayemi Oluwole/described Career Guidance as a comprehensive developmental program designed to assist individuals in making and implementing informed educational and occupational choices.
He also noted that career decision results in the social, financial and emotional well-being.
“From whatever perspective the subject matter is considered, it is pertinent that Career Guidance as a subject cannot be over emphasized as it helps to introduce students to available opportunities that are opened to them during and after studies”, he added.