Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has urged the private sector to support in the development of the educational sector.
Adamu, who said that the Federal Government could not shoulder the responsibility alone, lauded Wavecrest College of Hospitality for its contribution to education development in the country.
The minister, represented by the Deputy Rector, Administration, Yaba College of Technology, Uduak Inyang-Udoh, spoke in Lagos, at the weekend, during the combined convocation ceremony of Wavecrest College where 236 Higher National Diploma (HND) and National Diploma (ND) students of 2018/2019 and 2021/2022 academic sessions graduated.
“No where in the world that education is left in the hands of government. The private sector has a role to play and we celebrate with the women’s board educational cooperation society for the role it played in contributing to the education development of the nation, especially in hospitality management,” the minister said.
He advised the graduating students to strategise and find ways of enhancing what they have learnt by acquiring more skills to create jobs rather than seeking for jobs.
Earlier, the Director, Millennium Apartments and Studio, Mr. Max Menkiti, in his address on “Human Capital Development in the Hospitality Industry in Nigeria,” stressed the need for human capital development, saying it remains the most important form of inputs in any economic venture.
He, therefore, advised the graduating students to be pro-active while delivering their professional services, noting that pro-active self-development is the ultimate key to success.
Similarly, the President, Women in Hospitality Nigeria, Justina Ovat, who spoke on “Setting high personal and career expectation in the world of hospitality,” urged the students to maintain good character, attitude and relationship geared with good experience and excellence, adding that “the industry is highly demanding hence, hospitality practitioners must learn to prioritise their job activities to avoid burn out.
Earlier, the Provost of the college, Rosana Forsuelo, in her speech, expressed the institution’s continuous commitment to empowering the girl-child with good hospitality education.
The Provost, represented by the Deputy Provost, Ifeoma Nwabachili, said the institution had made tremendous efforts at improving the employability of its students, saying that organisations usually apply to receive Wavecrest College students owing to their professional performance at the workplace.
Adinuba Marycynthia, who gave the valedictory speech, said that at Wavecrest, every girl-child is empowered, given the right education and prepared for education and economic independence.
She, therefore, urged graduating students to embrace tolerance and perseverance in their life pursuit and workplace.