Education, they say, is the bedrock of every society, and knowledge and the master key of life. It is on this ground that Chairman of Agege Local Government Area, Alhaji Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi has since assumption of office, given peculiar attention to the Council Education Department to strengthening the school of vocational studies, which enables members of the community, particularly the youths to acquire knowledge in various skills that will impart positively in their lives and the society.
In a report given by Ismaeel Garba Ismaeel, S.A. Media to the Chairman, Agege Local Government Council, it will interest Agege community to know that the School of Vocatonal Studies in the Council is in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Agency for Mass Education.
Courses Available are:
- Diploma in Computer Studies
- Diploma in Computer Engineering/GSM
- Diploma in Graphics Designs, Printing, Art &Signs
- Diploma in Catering, Home Management/Decorations
- Diploma in Tailoring/Fashion Design
- Diploma in Bead/Hat Making
- Diploma in Shoe/Bag Making
- Diploma in Carpentry/Furniture
- Diploma in Air Conditioning/Refrigerator Repair
- Diploma in Photographic/Vedio Coverage
- Diploma in Aluminum Fabrications
Eugunjobi has created this opportunity for students who are in a dilemma – whether they should attend college or not.
Vocational Education makes an individual responsible and independent; whereas those who study regular courses lack in this sphere. The career of one’s own choice is one of the major benefits of this education.
A vast majority of people are caught in the wrong jobs because they were in it for the sake of job, money, lack of alternative and professional compromise. School drop-outs and adults can also receive this type of education as it provides an opportunity to learn a skill or trade. There are many well-paid career fields in which a college degree is not required.
Another benefit is that Hands-on work activities allow direct application of acquired knowledge. This education provides stable jobs as these are the jobs whose demand is never fulfilled and this type of education is a great asset to the economy. Our government need not import foreign technicians on higher wages as our own can do the required work.
Certain vocational skills acquired from Agege Vocational Education teaches students the importance of manual work. The physical labour done under certain jobs makes them strong, healthy, active. Majority of Vocational Skills are applicable all over the world and these create employment opportunities in foreign countries.
Technical programs develop the economy by bridging the demand and supply gap with highly skilled workers. It also gives students the opportunity to take marketable skills from the classroom directly into the working world.
Taking a look at the Catering/Home Management section of Agege School of Vocational Studies having their final examinations in June 2019; the students who could not hide their joy as the expression filled their faces; said, they are happy because they have not only found jobs, but also have become employers of labour while parents invited to have first hand experience of their children hand-made also testified to the brilliant performance of their children who made beautiful tasty cakes, snacks, and variety of delicious meals, therefore praising Egunjobi-led administration for providing enabling environment for the studies, also urged members of Agege community to take advantage of this free vocational studies.
TEgunjobi, therefore used the medium to emphatically call on parents, stakeholders, community leaders, traditional class, religious leaders to encourage their children and wards, particularly; youths in Agege to take advantage of this ample opportunity to enroll themselves in the ongoing registration of FREE vocational studies, not just to better their lots, but to be useful to their families and the society at large. “An idle hand is the devil’s tool”, he said.