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Polytechnic Students build e-scoreboard for NIPOGA

With the need for an electronic scoreboard, for the ongoing 17th Nigeria Polytechnic Games (NIPOGA), tagged ‘Ede 2012’, the staff and students of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede in Osun State have successfully designed and constructed an e-scoreboard for the polytechnic game, creating a milestone in sports technology in the country.

This is prove of the extent young Nigerian students can go is giving adequate opportunity through Technical Vocational Education and Training.

The feat received praise from the Minister of Education, Ruqayat Rufai, on Saturday during the opening ceremony of the NIPOGA games.

The minister who was represented by Adeojo Aimola, Director of Planning, Research and Statistics at the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), expressed delight with the student’s development.

“I am aware that in the history of NIPOGA Games, the Federal Polytechnic Ede is introducing the first electronic scoreboard designed and constructed by staff and students,” Rufai said.

“It has also introduced a mascot, a dedicated website and a standard media centre with internet connectivity.”

She called on the polytechnic to make efforts to mass produce the scoreboard for use in the nation’s sports.

Technical Vocational Education and Training in the country had been relegated to the background, with the focus on white collar jobs and professions leading to wrong societal perception, obsolete infrastructure and poor funding among other issues in most schools of technology.

However, the performance of students in technical education in recent times, compared to other courses, may be a sign of better times for technological development in the country.

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