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Investing heavily in technical and vocational education in Nigeria has been identified as one of strategies capable of boosting the nation’s economy.

Mr Obafemi Omokungbe, Rector, Yaba College of Technology, Yabatech, Lagos, made this known at the year’s Inter School Research Fair, Exhibition And Awards of the School organized by YABATECH.

The Rector noted that funding technical and vocational training institutions, with innovative researches would bring about new technologies that would revamp the nation rather than depending on foreign countries.

He however, noted that despite the good brains the nation was blessed with in technology, training institutions across the country still lack adequate funds for innovative researches that would boost economic growth.

Mr Omokungbe explained that the society to a high degree still looked down on those with technical skills like plumbers and electricians with little pay compared to their counterparts in developed countries.

Mr Omokungbe said that the programme was to provide a platform where some most engaging works developed by both staff and students of the College could be showcased.

In a contribution, the Chairman, College Research Fair and Exhibition Committee, Dr Ibraheem Abdul said the programme would create a room for healthy competition among the students that had produced something unique capable of meeting the needs of the society.

The Director, Applied Research Technological Innovation, Yabatech, Dr Olufemi Akinsola explained that research based products that were meant to address problems in the health sector, the environment and the textile industry would be showcased in the two days Research Fair and Exhibition.

Reporting by Kikelomo Ifekoya; editing by Adeniyi Bakare