The outgoing Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ile Oluji, Ondo State Emmanuel Fasakin, says that Nigeria cannot develop without polytechnic education.
He stated that if polytechnic education was scrapped the country would be doomed, pointing out that the bedrock of industrialisation was polytechnic.
The outgoing rector, who spoke at the launching of his memoir to mark the end of a successful two-term tenure as the pioneer rector of the polytechnic, explained that it was polytechnic education that would produce manpower needed in factories.
Fasakin said that Nigeria should not rely on manpower from outside the country for its industries to survive. He added that abolishing polytechnic education is tantamount to suicide.
He, therefore, asked the Nigerian government to provide conducive and enabling environment for Nigerian citizens to work and thrive in their respective academic endeavours, noting that Nigerian scholars were leaving the shores of the country to where their potential would be harnessed and well remunerated.