The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has stated the need to restructure the education sector as a crucial step towards advancing development across all sectors in Nigeria.
Speaking at the 4th Distinguished Guest Lecture series of the University of Medical Sciences, UNIMED, Ondo; Governor Akeredolu said education policies should not be guided by political considerations but by serious concerns to accelerate pragmatic and systematic development of the country.
The governor who is also the Visitor to UNIMED called on all stakeholders in the education sector to use the current challenges as a spring board to catalyse the country to greater heights by moving away from the unprofitable practice of certification which has rendered “thousands of graduates unemployable and helpless”.
While asserting that education should be the veritable key to socio-economic development, Arakunrin Akeredolu agreed that the curriculum must be made to address peculiar problems confronting the country.
He appreciated Governor El-Rufai who he described as a first-class brain for sharing his thoughts at the Distinguished Guest Lecture series of UNIMED.
Governor Arakunrin Akeredolu 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.
Delivering the 4th Distinguished Guest Lecture, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai who is the Governor of Kaduna State said for the Nigeria Education System to be reformed and made impactful to engineer development, the National Policy on Education was due for to be overhauled.
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.
Governor El- Rufai who spoke on the topic ” Transforming Nigeria’s Educational System: Looking Back and Looking Forward, suggested the adoption of first degree as the minimum qualification for teaching in Nigeria as against the use of Nigeria Certificate in Education NCE.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor of University of Medical Sciences ,UNIMED, Ondo, Professor Friday Okonofua described the visitor of the university, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, as a pillar of strength to the university.
Welcoming dignitaries and guests to the 4th Distinguished Guest Lecture of UNIMED, Professor Okonofua said the support of Governor Akeredolu has continued to propel the university to reach higher levels of development without any form of hindrances.
Speaking on the spirit behind the series of UNIMED quarterly Distinguished Guest Lectures Professor Okonofua said it was to focus priority attention on some of the gaps and unmet needs of the country
” We believe this approach will help to focus priority attention on some of the gaps and unmet needs for the equitable and effective delivery of social services that will enable us attain the goals of development in the country “, he said.
The Vice Chancellor said the lectures have continued to make members of the university community “inspirational and motivational” to enable them contribute maximally to the task of nation building.
Consequently, he said: ” By inviting some of the best minds and intellectuals to deliver the lectures, the university hopes to achieve the objective of enabling our staff and students to meet with some of the most exemplary and creative minds as a way to impact the next generation of leaders for effective development in this country”.
Dignitaries at the programme include members of the Ondo State Executive Council, some cabinet members of Kaduna State, Principal Officers of UNIMED, the Osemawe in Council and several friends of the university from far and near.