Few days to the official to the official flag-off of its radio station, popular institution of learning, the Lagos State Polytechnic has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a software developing company, Afrifone Limited, to establish a mobile phone and IPad repair laboratory at its Ikorodu campus. The development would also help equip the students with the necessary skills to develop themselves and the institution.
The new partnership, InsideMainland learnt will afford students who are interested in electronics and telecommunications the opportunity to be impacted and made ready for the electronics and mobile phone assembly industry. It will also provide internship and employment opportunities for the students at Afrifone Limited.
Commenting on the development, the Rector, Mr. Oluyinka Sogunro, expressed hope that the partnership would improve the rating of the institution and add value to students’ academics.
“We need to plan for our youths, you will recall that youth empowerment is a major project of the Lagos State Government and we must key into it, this is one of it that we are doing today,” he said.
Sogunro addressed the problem of unemployment in the country, saying that since there are a lot of graduates without jobs, its products should become employers of labour. “One of our cardinal points is to collaborate with relevance agencies to bring progress to the institution; our partnership with Afrifone is a key thing in the right direction and a worthwhile experience. We want our products to be employers of labor, rather than job seekers and use the skills they get here to empower themselves,” he said.
The Rector affirmed the institution’s readiness to provide the tools such as audio-visual training gadgets to work and ensure the laboratory is functional, adding that it will also train the polytechnic staff to man it. In his words, “students and artisans will benefit, it will improve the state and the lives of Nigerians as a whole. The company has also promised to absorb the students for a one-year industrial training.”
He further disclosed that the polytechnic would be marking its 40th anniversary this year, appealed to the students to take the project seriously as it is an opportunity and the beginning of good things to come.
The 40th anniversary celebration of the institution will also mark the 25th convocation ceremony and the launch of Laspotech 101.9 FM as earlier reported by InsideMainland.