Dr. Olusegun Olanrewaju Aluko, Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro in Ogun State, has decried that the essence of Polytechnic education in the country is being eroded as a result of the BSc and HND dichotomy.
The Rector, who spoke at a press conference to mark the 40th anniversary and 19th Convocation of the polytechnic, regretted that majority of the polytechnics in Nigeria had lost focus and the essence of their establishment.
He made it known that polytechnic graduates and university graduates were not supposed to be competing for the same employment, if not for the dearth of industries and manufacturing companies in Nigeria, which according to him, had further contributed to the unemployment rate in the country.
“The way Polytechnic education is structured is for the graduates of Polytechnics to be able to use skills they have acquired to create wealth for themselves but Nigeria id just dodging, but we will come back to it.
“We are talking about unemployment but when they say unemployment, the percentage of those that are unemployed are those that are university graduates and the problem is that they have no skill.
“Majority of the small scale entrepreneurs in the country today are graduates of the polytechnic and that is the essence of polytechnic education.
“In the past, people don’t work in government establishment, all of them wanted to work in factories and industries because they know that when you are working in the industries, you earn more than when you are working with government.
“But the problem of Nigeria is that all those industries have collapsed so where we are not supposed to be competing, we are now competing but I know that Nigeria will rise again and that is when Nigeria will realise the essence of Polytechnic education,” he stated.