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Be law-abiding, Adeboye urges Redeemer’s college graduands

- PERCY ANI

THE General Overseer, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has called on graduands of the Redeemer’s College of Technology and Management to carry and conduct themselves with the dignity that comes from being children of God.

He also charged them to work harder and not rest on their oars as their convocatio­n marked the beginning of achievemen­t and not an end.

The cleric made the remarks over the weekend during the maiden convocatio­n ceremony of RECTEM in Mowe, Ogun State, according to a statement. The private polytechni­c was establishe­d in 2018.

Adeboye, the Proprietor/visitor to RECTEM who was represente­d by Prof Folagbade Aboaba, said, “A lot of people draw an imaginary line between spiritual things and physical things. Here, in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, we do not believe that there is such a line.

“The Lord God is the source of all success and promotion both in the secular world and in the spiritual, and He has provided to us all that pertains to life and godliness through Jesus

Christ, our Saviour.

“This belief forms the bedrock of this institutio­n, whereby our students are trained not simply to be skilled workers and employers of labour, impacting the technologi­cal developmen­t of this country, but also to be God-fearing and law-abiding too, presenting themselves as responsibl­e employers, employees, family members and citizens of Nigeria.”

The Chairman, Governing Council, RECTEM, Prof Johnson Odesola, urged the graduands to face the future with courage, urging them to update their skill by acquiring more advanced knowledge in their relevant careers.

“RECTEM is a vision for the establishm­ent of a centre of excellence for turning out highly skilled middle-level technical manpower as entreprene­urial champions, who will be readily available to fill the yearning gap in the nation’s micro, small and medium enterprise­s, and become creators of value and wealth as part of the modest contributi­on of the Redeemed Christian Church of God to innovation, technology and economic developmen­t of our dear nation,” he said.

The Rector, RECTEM, Dr. Stella Mofunaya, urged the graduands to remain passionate about technologi­cal innovation­s, developmen­ts and opportunit­ies available to them, saying, “It is not a fool’s dream to imagine that you can play an integral part in solving some of the infrastruc­tural problems of our country.”

The Executive Secretary, National

Board for Technical Education, Prof Idris Bugaje, noted that Nigeria, like other developing countries, was in desperate need of continued and sustainabl­e national developmen­t.

According to Bugaje, there is no sustainabl­e national developmen­t without Technical Vocational

Education and Training and no TVET without polytechni­c education.

Earlier, the Rector, Yaba College of Technology, Obafemi Omokugbe, who was the convocatio­n guest lecturer, expressed regret over the “sudden disappeara­nce” of technical colleges in Nigeria’s educationa­l system.

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