Stakeholders in the Nigerian education sector have been counseled to re-design the education curriculum for it to meet the demands of the 21st century.

             Guest speakers at the Faculty of Education Personality Lecture, organised in honour of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof AbdulGaniyu Ambali, gave the advice last Thursday (July 19, 2018) at the Faculty of Education Lecture Theatre.

              In their separate papers presented at the event organised by the University of Ilorin Chapter of the Nigerian Universities Education Students Association (NUESA), a public intellectual and consultant on economy and investment, Mr. Nasir AbdulQadri, and Mr. Awwal Olohungbebe of the Community Development Centre of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, observed that the higher education curricula in the country are obsolete. 

              Mr. Abdulqadri, who spoke on the need for paradigm shift in the nation's education system, said that the curricula were designed to meet the needs of the colonial age, a situation that explains why many graduates become liabilities on the society as job seekers.

               The public affairs analyst noted that though, the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) has made entrepreneurship a compulsory course in Nigerian Universities, the policy amounts to mere lip service because the commission has not backed it up with the introduction of the appropriate curriculum.

                He, however, advised the University of Ilorin and other universities with huge population to look further inwards to increase their internally generated revenue. He also counseled them to decentralise their entrepreneurship centres since there are different entrepreneurship potentialities in different specializations.

               On his part, the second Guest Speaker, Mr. Olohungbebe, who centred his lecture on financing university education, noted that funds have to be sought from different sources, given the huge cost of education around the world. 

              The social work expert disclosed that Nigeria still falls far short of the United Nations Education and Socio-Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) standards of dedicating 26 percent of national budgets to education.

              Disclosing that the last time the Kwara State government funded the state-owned university was in 2014, Mr. Olohungbebe said that the institution depends mostly on internally generated revenue for survival.

               The KWASU don added that one of the most significant problems facing education funding in Nigeria is poor accountability, noting that the prevalence of corruption  in many government-owned educational institutions demands that government should not just do more in terms of providing funds but it should also  ensure that the funds are judiciously used.

                In his address at the event, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, noted that it is a fortune and not misfortune to study education because the Faculty focuses on building the minds and not just the heads unlike other Faculties. He then admonished students of Education to make the best of their study.

               Prof. Abdulkareem noted that the Minister of State for Education recently praised the students of the Faculty for their calmness and they have shown that they also have agility along with their calmness on the occasion of the Personality Lecture.

              In his own remarks, the honoree and immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, who was accompanied by his wife, Dr. (Mrs.) H.T. Ambali, thanked the organisers of the event for the honour  given to him. 

              He urged graduates of education to key into the call for investment in education by partnering with the Bank of Industry and other investors.