|L-R: VC UNIMED, Prof Okonofua, Gov Kaduna state, El-Rufai and Gov Ondo state, Akeredolu
Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai says for the nigeria education system to be made impactful to engineer development, the national policy on education was due for overhaul.
Governor El-Rufai who spoke on “Transforming Nigeria’s Educational System: Looking Back and Looking Forward” at the 4th Distinguished Guest Lecture Series of the University of Medical Sciences, UNIMED, Ondo suggested the adoption of first degree as the minimum qualification for teaching in Nigeria as against the use of Nigeria Certificate in Education NCE.
While saying that his state was already taking some steps in that direction, Governor El-Rufai said the target of education should be knowledge acquisition driven by quality, based on Information Communication Technology, ICT, and not mere certification.
He stated that teachers must be motivated to impact knowledge, while the school environment must be made conducive for teaching and learning process to be seamless.
Speaking at the event, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, emphasised the need to restructure the education sector as a crucial step towards advancing development across all sectors in Nigeria.
Akeredolu said education policies should not be guided by political considerations but by serious concerns to accelerate pragmatic and systematic development of the country.
He said education should be the veritable key to socio-economic development, while the curriculum must be made to address peculiar problems confronting the country.
He also used the opportunity to assure that his administration’s policy on education will positively affect the present and future generations and its performance indices will be made manifest for all to appreciate.
The Vice Chancellor of UNIMED, Professor Friday Okonofua described the visitor of the university, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, as a pillar of strength to the university.
He said the UNIMED Distinguished Guest Lecture series was to focus priority attention on some of the gaps and unmet needs of the country
The Osemawe of Ondo, Oba Victor Kiladejo later presented Governor El-Rufai with the ondo traditional attire as a mark of honour and reminisce of his visit to the ancient town.
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