By Bukola Ajayi.

All Technical Colleges in Ekiti State are to be resuscitated and equipped with modern technological facilities that will enhance teaching, and learning.

This is part of government’s resolve to encourage skill acquisition towards making youths self-reliant for economic development.

Chairman Ekiti state Board for Technical and Vocational education, Pastor. Kayode Babade stated this while speaking with newsmen after a tour of some of the colleges across the state.

The colleges visited are located in Ado, Igbaraodo Otun and Ijero while the one in Ikole is to be visited on Thursday.

The picture obtainable in the colleges particularly Ijero, Igbaraodo and Otun is quite disheartening as most of the buildings have become dilapidated with all facilities grounded.

This situation which was as a result of total neglect of the schools by the immediate past government has also affected the numbers of enrolled students as some of the schools now record as low as fifteen students per session.

However, Pastor Babade explained that the visit was part of strategies to ascertain the state of the colleges and identify methods to bring them back to lime light in line with the agenda of Governor  Kayode Fayemi.

According to him, technical education is key to the development of any nation as evident in some developed countries like China.

During the tour Pastor Babade also met with the tradition councils of the communities of Igbaraodo, ijero and Otun where he sought for their supports particularly in the area of security of the college facilities and mobilization of students to enroll for courses in the school.

The Board Chairman had earlier inspected the installation of some ultra modern facilities in the Technical college Ado Ekiti, where he charged the staff and students to take due advantage of the new facilities.

He said after the installation the staff would be trained on how to handle the equipment.

In an Interview, the Executive Secretary Board for Technical Education Dr Folu Ayeleso called for proper maintenance of the facilities and urged parents to always enroll their children in the school.

She claimed that the standard of education in  Ado Ekiti college had improved adding that the institution had attained an international standard.