Sanwo-Olu charges students to embrace change if they intend to compete in labour market


The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has charged the graduating students of the Mountain Top University (MTU), Ibafo, Ogun State, to embrace change and disruption if they intend to compete in today’s labour market.

The governor, who was the guest lecturer at the maiden convocation of MTU, stated this yesterday at the multi-purpose hall of the university. According to Sanwo-Olu, who delivered the lecture, ‘Future of Job and the World of Work: The Need for Graduates That are Globally Competitive’, the knowledge acquired in the classroom becomes obsolete in a short while; hence graduating students should adopt technology, as jobs of the future would be technology-driven.

He said; Many of the things you learnt in university would have grown obsolete even before you complete NYSC. the truth is that we must also extend this to curriculum transformation. There won't be any progress in the 21st century if we are using the 20th century curricula. It's time for our students to become comfortable with coding, robotics, 3D printing and other technologies at this early age and especially in the public school system. Regardless of what academic track our students are on, technological literacy must be a common denominator.

According to him, globalisation has shaped the way we interpret the world we live in.“This is a word that has come to stay with us, and to shape the way we interpret the world we live in. In a simplest terms and this will cause the growing breakdown of the national borders.

I believe that, with the impact of technology, most especially modern communication and transportation technologies which the world has taken on the characteristics of a global village with implication for the present and the future of work. it will be easier for users to find job opportunities outside their immediate environment.

In a remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Elijah Ayolabi, charged the students to be good ambassadors of the institution.His words, “What you do with the training you got is your sole responsibility. I advise you today to always remember the responsibility placed on your shoulders as the first children of MTU. The university graduated 120 students, 22 among them bagged first class honours in various disciplines.

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