A former Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, on Thursday narrated a part of his life hitherto unknown to the public.
The son of a well-known Abeokuta socialite said he served apprenticeship in aluminium production after his university education.
He made the disclosure on Thursday at a public lecture he delivered at Federal College of Education, Abeokuta.
“I became an apprentice in my father’s company after returning from abroad after my university education. I learnt aluminium production. I can say boldly that I know the in and out of aluminium production”.
Mr. Bankole said he took the step to build himself up, in view of the unemployment challenges facing the country, which he said started over 30 years ago and remains unresolved to date.
He called for a restructuring of the nation’s education system to cope with the challenges.
The former Speaker called on administrators of tertiary institutions in the country to improve their admission process.
He also called for greater attention to the training of teachers, as their products become managers of the nation’s human and material resources as politicians, pension managers and lawmakers.
Mr. Bankole frowned on the system whereby the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) set lower cut off marks for admission into teacher training institutions, and urged administrators to re-evaluate the practice.