As part of efforts to make youths in Ayedire State Constituency self reliant, Deputy Chief Whip of Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Gbenga Ogunkanmi extended scholarships to 20 students in Government Technical College, Iwo.
Ogunkanmi who represents Ayedire state constituency in the parliament had earlier expressed his desire to improve vocational education in his constituency as a way to eradicate poverty in the society.
Hon. Ogunkami emphasized on the importance of vocational education in the society saying “vocational education helps people to perform better in their jobs” adding that this will enhance them to acquire veritable skills to make money.”
“Vocational education is a training that equips students with practical experience and technical skills in a specific type of field that is capable of contributing to the country’s economy and make one independent.”
He urged government to focus on vocational education, not8!?that investors will get attracted to employees who already have something to bring to the table as opposed to those needing direction and guidance.
While speaking, the Principal of the school, Mrs Samson Adetola commended Hon.Ogunkanmi for the positive impact on the life of the students.
Mrs Adetola added the scholarship is a great opportunity for the students as vocation schools provide room for those who are sure of which career path to choose in the society.
She disclosed that some of the students struggle to pay their school fees as many of them face financial challenges in their family.
The school head urged the beneficiaries to see the opportunity of the scholarship to acquire the needed vocational skills with a view to making Hon Ogunkanmi’s vision with the scholarship comes into fruition.
She however pleaded for government’s intervention in the school, saying most of the building needed renovation in order to enhance good learning environment for the students.
Raheem Olalekan and Ajayi Ridwanullah who are both studying electrical installation while speaking on behalf of others commended the kind gesture of the lawmaker.
They said many teenagers due to financial restraints have not been able to pursue their career choices at secondary school levels saying choosing the right career is of importance regardless of whoever one is.