The Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Thursday, emphasized the need for vocational centers to enhance self reliance of youths after graduation.

Akeredolu made this known during a courtesy visit by National Association of Ondo State Students (NAOSS), at the Governor’s office in Akure.

Represented by his deputy, Hon Agboola Ajayi, Akeredolu said youths nowadays no longer focused on white collar jobs after leaving the university, hence the importance of the vocational centers.

The Governor also said the present administration would not impose or dictate a national president for the association as regards their forthcoming election.

“We will provide a level playing field for all contestants, but we will also not tolerate violence in any way.

“The primary objective of any government is to protect lives and properties, that we won’t compromise,” he said.

Earlier, Mr Adeolu Iwakun, National President, NAOSS, commended the administration for prompt payment of salaries.

He listed the payment of the outstanding 2013 to 2017 bursaries as part of the demands of the association.

“We are owed 2013/2014 bursaries where N50 million was paid after pronouncement of N350 million to be released for this.

“We want this government to introduce post-graduate scholarship as we all know that the value of first degree is fast diminishing in Nigeria.

“The government cannot employ everyone and we have skilled graduates who are willing to display the skills but no opportunity, hence the need for vocational centers which will also reduce the rate of unemployment,” he said.