The House Committee on Innovation, Science and Technology and Social Development Goals of Osun State House of Assembly has said the parliament is committed to revitalising the state-owned vocational centers that currently lay dormant.
The committee, led by its chairman, Adewumi Adeyemi, accompanied by a team of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology, led by the Commissioner, Ayofe Oluwafunke Maruf, conducted an oversight of some government and private facilities in the State on Saturday.
Among the locations visited were the RLG-Adulawo training institute in Ilesa, Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneur Centre in Dagbolu, SDGs, the Vocational Centre in Iragbiji, and the Government Technical College in Osogbo.
Adeyemi, who represents Obokun Constituency in the Assembly, said the parliament is committed to revitalising the state-owned vocational centers that currently lay dormant.
He also expressed his disappointment at the current state of facilities and locked-up workshops at Government Technical College, Osogbo, emphasising the need for collective efforts to unlock the potential of these state-owned centres.
The chairman of the committee envisioned the adoption of technology to drive all sectors of the state’s economy, with the potential to transform the state into a technology hub within the South-West region.
He stressed that it was crucial to ensure the efficient utilisation of the locked-up state-owned skills acquisitions and entrepreneur centre in Dagbolu and the SDGs vocational centre in Iragbiji part of the state.
“In today’s world, the digital economy is a driving force that the government must harness for growth and the well-being of the population. Therefore, we must promote the development and utilisation of these facilities. The ministry must receive the necessary support and workspace.
“Reports will be presented on the floor of the house, resolutions will be made, and the house, under the leadership of the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Adewale Egbedun will follow up with appropriate action,” Adeyemi noted.
Adeyemi emphasised the importance of utilising government facilities with available local content to foster innovation and economic growth