“A University like ours is central to manpower development as well as the inventions and innovations needed to drive economic development.”
This is the standpoint of the Vice Chancellor of Federal University Otuoke, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko on the recently concluded Bayelsa Investment and Economic Forum held in Yenagoa.
Prof. Aluko who attended the event revealed to FUO media team that the University is willing to open its frontiers to possible partnership with Bayelsa State and the Federal Government on driving development to the next level.
As an institution with a rich array of Scholars and Researchers, the University is well positioned to contribute to educational advancement, skill acquisition and training in the State through its Entrepreneurial, Skill Development and ICT provisions.
These areas the VC said where well highlighted during proceedings at the end of the 3-day Investment and Economic Summit which witnessed the signing of a 25 Billion Naira SMEs development partnership agreement with the Bank of Industry, Mainstreet Bank and Bank of Agriculture.
Some Memorandum of Understanding were also signed with Ostertrade for production of ceramic tiles and canning while Proton Energy and Banner Energy for power generation, MoUs were also signed with 4 media outfits: the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Africa Independent Television (AIT), Channels Television, Silvebird and the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology.
Also at the summit was the Minister of Communication Technology, Dr. Omobolaji Johnson who delivered a speech on the need to increase internet connectivity noting that ICT is a critical component for job creation.
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson in his speech, urged Bayelsans to key into the SME programme which remained a critical aspect in implementing the economic diversification policy of his administration.
He touched areas of security and how the business environment within Bayelsa State is secured for Investment and Tourism, Infrastructural Development, Tourism Development, Land Ownership, Agriculture, Power, Industrial Park, Health, Housing, ICT among others.
VC Aluko urged Bayelsa State and the Federal Government to avail themselves of the manpower resources in Federal University Otuoke, which he said has the potential to contribute to the growth of both strata of the Nation.