Stakeholders call for the restructuring of the education system

By Vivian Onyebukwa

President of Highstone International University of California (HIU), Nigeria Chapter, Engr. Stephen Oluremi Olutimo, called for the restructuring of the country’s education system.

Speaking at the institution’s fifth registration and convocation, hosted by NIPEM Professional Education Management International at Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos recently, Olutimo highlighted the need for a complete overhaul of the school curriculum.

According to him, education in Nigeria will compete favorably with the systems of the advanced world when there is a complete restructuring of the system.

He added that HIU, which is headquartered in California, USA, was not set up in Nigeria to compete with other higher education institutions, but rather to help improve what already exists.

Speaking about the convocation and matriculation, which also included the awarding of honorary doctorates to certain Nigerians who have made significant contributions to the growth of culture and science at local, state or international level, he said described as the first of its kind.

He said: “People who have been awarded an honorary doctorate have indeed contributed to the global growth of culture and science, the contribution must be continuous and lasting. It should be possible to document the national or international impact of the contributions. It should be clear that the contributor is creative and that their contributions are extraordinary. »

He further stated that the recognition is also for people whose lives and achievements serve as examples of the university’s aspirations for its students.

Regarding the ongoing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), he observed that all parties involved had experienced setbacks, adding that a win-win scenario between the aggrieved parties was the best course of action.

Also, delivering his lecture at the event, Professor Uche Ogah, Vice-Chancellor of the African University of Benin, denounced the state of education in the country.

According to him, some graduates cannot defend their diplomas. He therefore called for a change in the education system. He gave the example of a non-entrepreneur teaching entrepreneurship.

Expressing his dismay, he said, “Enough theories. Things have to change. Start empowering our students by teaching marketing. It is high time that we teach our students innovation, sophisticated entrepreneurship and not teach them investment, so that they become good entrepreneurs.

“We have to review our curriculum, teach them technical education. Let there be workshops, theories and practical activities so that they become their own bosses”.

He said entrepreneurship professors should be industrialists, not just graduates: “We don’t want paper graduates. COVID has shown Africans that they can fend for themselves.

He recommended nations in Africa to introduce incubation centers where fine teachers can be kept, so that people can go there and learn.

He also advocated for the establishment of universities for professional courses such as medicine and business, among others, to give students a functional education.

With these, according to him, entrepreneurship will increase and help the government to solve the problem of unemployment.

“The books are finished now. For those who want to get into entrepreneurship, don’t be lazy. Entrepreneurship encourages laziness,” he advised.

On his part, the International Peace and Governance Council (IPGC Africa) Head of Mission on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 Agenda for Education Campaign in Nigeria, Dr. Jonathan Ojadah, said “Today in the history of education in Africa, especially in Nigeria, HIU, through its Africa Chapter, is positioning itself as one of the solution providers for national and international education campaign sustainable.

While congratulating the institution for awarding honorary doctorates to certain individuals, Ojadah, who was the special guest on the occasion, urged all students to be good ambassadors for the institution in their endeavours.

Describing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as humanity’s most ambitious blueprint for a better Africa and the world as a whole, he said: “In September 2015, 193 countries agreed on these 17 goals and 169 sub-goals at the United Nations General Assembly. These SDGs provide Africa and the world with guidance to address the global challenges facing the international community.

According to him, the 17 objectives cover the three areas of sustainable development: ecology, economy and social. He said the Sustainable Development Goals were a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity.

“These are the goals the UN is working towards in all its member states in Africa and around the world,” he added.

Ojadah called on the private sector and businesses to get involved in achieving the SDGs.

Stressing the need for world peace, he said, “We must prepare for peace. The most important thing is to build a culture of peace and if we are truly committed to promoting a culture of peace, we must check our values ​​and ensure that we all show a peaceful life to our communities.

The Chairman of NIPEM International, Prof. Maurice Azubuike Odiete, said their main objective is to provide mass education and employment to Nigerians and Africans, and to nurture competent professionals, effective leaders and entrepreneurs who will contribute to transform the global economy. “Here we help discover and help students develop their technical skills with a focus on personal growth and self-confidence,” he said.

Some of the honorary doctorate recipients who spoke during an interview congratulated HIU for recognizing them in this capacity and assured to further contribute to the growth of culture, science and other fields.

Those who have earned PhDs include Sanusi Taofiq Dele, Neuro Engineering; Abubakar Ibrahim Dauda, ​​Management Information Systems, among others. It is for their impact and contribution to the Nigerian economy, entrepreneurship, etc.

The Distinguished Student of the Year Award for Creativity and Excellence went to Charles Blessing Chiamaka and Ukpo Emmanuel Sunday, while the Best Graduate Student Award was won by Ndubuaku Glory Adaobi.

The prize for the best male speaker was awarded to Dr. Sotonwa Semiu Aderoji. The prize for the best female speaker of the year was awarded to Dr. Oyebode Florence.

Recognizing each individual who has contributed in one way or another to the development and success of the institution, Nonye Ibeike, received the award.

Nwokoro Kenneth, on behalf of the students, thanked the management for increasing their zeal in education. He also appreciated the founder, Ambassador Moses Azubuike, for the center.

While berating the enrolled students, Reverend Fidel Aduaye-Odiete, who was the father of the day, urged them to serve as ambassadors for the school. “When you go out, your character should reflect the fact that you went to school,” he said.

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