By Christiana Ijeoma Nwaoguji
As part of efforts towards stimulating the nation’s economy in the post-COVID-19 period, the Group Managing Director/CEO of KAM Holding Nigeria, Dr. Kamoru Yusuf, has urged the federal government to ensure that adequate measures are put in place for the actualization of 70 per cent admission quotas into Sceince and Technology related courses.
He said this is important in order to match up with globalization policy aimed at boosting economic recovery which had been paralysed by the health challenge of COVID-19 wrecking havoc globally.
Dr. Yusuf who is also the Chairman of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, (MAN) Kwara/Kogi chapter stated this during a virtual Public Lecture organised by the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, Oyo-Osun-Kwara chapter held on Thursday titled: Repositioning Chemical Engeering Practice For National Industrial Growth”.
At the event, KAM Holding boss was conferred with the honour of Indigenous Industrialist Award of Excellence, ROYAL NEW has gathered.
Represented by the Group Head- Human Resources of the firm, Mr. Akinkunle Akinpelu, the KAM Holding boss stressed on the importance of the event, “especially with the current global pandemic of COVID-19 which has practically paralyzed all facets of human endeavours”
According to him, “The knowledge of Science and Technology among youths remain one of the cardinal points towards ensuring accelerated growth and development in any emerging nation with a view to encouraging diversification of the economy and moving towards innovations and industrialisation.
There is urgent need for researchers especially in the field of Chemical Engineering to double their efforts towards ensuring that Nigeria take a lead in discoveries that are capable of projecting the nation’s image positively among other comity of nations globally.”
Dr. Yusuf added that, “Let me reiterate on the need for policy makers in the education sector to ensure that admissions into tertiary institutions are given to youths based of ratio 70 to 30 percentage for Sciences and Science and Technology related courses respectively if we must achieve our desire of making Nigeria self sufficient with rapid industrial revolution.
however advocated for close working partnership between tertiary institutions and industries in order to always have access to informations on the challenges and facing the country as well as proferring probable solutions.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Society, Professor E. A Taiwo had identified some for the problems hindering the impact of repositioning of chemical engineering practice for national industrial growth as weak local response and failure of infrastructure, weak transition of education theorem to products and insincerity in all ramifications.
The varsity don also solicited the support of industrialists in the areas of industry and university collaboration on projects for discoveries and breakthrough, student industrial attachment opportunity with industries, right placement to learn and contribute as well as sponsoring of researches.