FG Urged To Change School Curriculum To Accommodate Skill Acquisition

school curriculum, skill acquisitionA Human Resources Development expert, Fola Ogunsola, wants the federal government to change school curriculum to accommodate skill acquisition programmes that go beyond classrooms.

She made the call at a life after school development lecture for students of the Osun State University, Ikire Campus in Osun State.

She revealed that only about 10% of Nigerian graduates who leave the higher institutions annually can be said to be employable to employers of labour.

This, according to her, is because many of the graduates have not been well groomed for the basic skills required to sustain a job.

The HR expert also told Channels Television that the crisis between Nigerian youths and the labour market is more of employability of the products being churned out by higher institutions of learning in the country than a problem of the number of jobs available.

The expert berated the academic curriculum of Nigerian universities stating that Nigerian higher institutions of learning, in the 21st century are still only able to impact less than 20% of skills required by prospective employers of labour into their graduates.

He stressed that graduates are usually not well groomed for the task ahead after school.

She also implored graduates to stop putting blames on government, but rather enhance their skills.

Osun Has Inched Closer To Its Dream Under My Watch – Aregbesola

aregbesolaOsun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, says Osun State in about four years under his watch, has inched closer to the dreams of those who laboured for the creation of the state 24 years ago.

Congratulating the people for what he described as their genuine efforts to build an independent, virile, virtuous and productive ‘Yoruba State’, Aregbesola pledged his government’s irrevocable commitment to the cause of ensuring the realisation of the very dreams for the creation of the state.

The governor spoke through the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, on the commemoration of the 24th anniversary of the creation of Osun State.

He assured that the Aregbesola-led administration is committed to bringing government closer to the people and igniting a revolutionary development paradigm that will set the state on an enduring pedestal.

Osun State was created in 1991 from the old Oyo State. The state’s name is derived from the River Osun, the venerated natural spring that is the manifestation of the Yoruba goddess of the same name.


Northerners Have Become Mentally Lazy- Usman Bugaje

vlcsnap-2014-03-11-13h15m20s48The former National Secretary of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, Dr. Usman Bugaje, on Tuesday blamed Nigerians of northern extraction of being “mentally lazy”. 

Dr. Bugaje, who presented a paper on the issues of development in the North during the Conference of Leaders Of Northern Nigeria, revealed that this situation was discovered from a forum earlier organised by the Arewa Research and Development Project, where participants “left the conference feeling stupid to be thinking of oil.”

He added, “we have far more than oil; we have the capacity to develop and feed the whole of Africa just from here Nigeria.” He insisted, “we had all that it takes just that we are mentally lazy.”

He further noted that ideas obtained during the conference borders mostly on how to move the northern part of Nigeria out of its present predicament.

Dr. Bugaje, who is also the Convener of the Arewa Research and Development Project, called on northerners to engage in knowledgeable and creative ventures to break from the shackles of poverty and underdevelopment.

“ln the 21st Century, knowledge is the greatest capital” he said, as he went down memory lane to remind the participants of the importance of oil in the past 30-40 years.

He went further to assert that the situation witnessed in the past years was no longer obtainable, as the “richest man in the world now, Bill Gates, has nothing to do with oil.”

“We don’t need this (oil), what we need is to use that God given talent; to develop it; that is what is more important” he said.

Dr. Bugaje, however, noted that “this is not to say that we (northerners) must not get what is ours but basically to say that the world has moved on and oil is no longer important.”

He maintained that “the future is not in oil but in knowledge and that is where our (northerners) minds should be.”

Faults Timing of National Conference

Dr. Bugaje faulted the timing of the National Conference, noting that it is coming at a time when the northern part of the country is “at its worst”.

“Besides its sordid origin, this conference is coming at a time when the North is at its worst. For the last 15 years, the North has been systematically impoverished, it has been systematically garrisoned, it has been systematically denied every right that it has, it has been targeted; its people in the civil service had been pruned and elbowed out” and “we are invited to come and participate in a conference that its result has been pre-determined.”

While faulting the nominee list released by the Presidency, Dr. Bugaje claimed that the constitution lacked the backing of the law and is therefore illegal, insisting that “it is not a conference; it is a presidential committee set to advice the President.”

He further faulted the funding of the conference, berating the fact that it was not included in the 2014 Budget.

There Is No Oil Producing State

Dr. Bugaje, in his presentation, also insisted that “there are no oil producing states” explaining that the only oil producing state is the Nigerian state itself.”

To buttress his argument, Dr. Bugaje said that “the investment came from the Nigerian state, the oil came from the Nigerian state.” He added; “Whatever mileage you get in the sea, according to the United Nations Law of the sea, is a measure of the land mass that you have; that is what gives you the mileage into the sea”, noting that “the land mass of this country, we know that gives that long 200 nautical miles or more into the ocean, is because of that 72 per cent of the land mass of this country, which is the North.”

He further maintained; “What they claim is the off shore oil is actually the oil of the North” insisting that “we should stop using the term” as “there are no oil producing states.”