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Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Segun Oni has tasked the State Board of Technical Education on the need to propel the sector towards economic advancement by ensuring that technical and vocational schools are engaged in meaningful entrepreneurial projects.

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Wale Ojo-Lanre said in a statement that Governor Oni, while receiving the state Board of Technical Education led by its chairman, Mr Femi Akomolafe in his office on Friday opined that there was the need to redefine the sector towards self- sustenance by ensuring that its vast vocational skills became a major source of income generation.

The governor stressed that government institutions should make the utilization of resources at their disposals a priority instead of incessant requests for funds from government, adding that such steps would give room for accountability and productivity in government businesses.

'Let us transform the technical education sector and make it work .This administration has put a lot of money in technical education. Let us therefore make it attractive to the level that it would enjoy patronage from the public. It is then I can say you have done well.

'What technical schools need to do is to use their hands to work. If a technical school that is engaged in building could convince neighbouring communities to give it building jobs, they can do it very well. If they can build good furniture to a level, they can enjoy patronage from the public .It would be to the advantage of the school and the people in the town,' the governor said.

He maintained that the state government would not shift its focus from the development of both human and material resources in the state, noting that government agencies should cooperate with government in this direction.

In his speech, Mr Akomolafe commended the governor for developing technical education in the state, adding that the volume of developmental projects already executed by his administration in the sector were more than all past administrations. He affirmed the readiness of the board to develop and uplift technical education in the state, noting that government and its agencies should patronise the technical schools as a means of supporting the dream.