College tasks FG, NBTE on entrepreneurial education
A lecturer at the Adeyemi College of Education (ACE), Dr Festus Afolabi has called on the Federal government and other relevant stakeholders in the country to prioritize entrepreneurship education for gainful youth employment.
Afolabi who made the plea at the 3rd inaugural lecture of the college titled: “Managing entrepreneurship education for job and wealth creation in Nigeria, “said this is the solution to the unemployment problem confronting the youths in our society.
Afolabi who is the institutional manager, department of educational administration and planning, lamented that the increased spate of unemployment in the country has given rise to crime and other social vices.
He however noted that the management of unemployment problems in the country requires a robust, comprehensive, properly managed and practical-oriented entrepreneurship education.
Afolabi listed the strategies to include a clear identification of the objectives of entrepreneurship education. He also tasked the Federal ministry of education, National University Commission (NUC), National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) and National Business and Technical Education Board (NABTEB) on the establishment of entrepreneurship education centre.
This, he said, would enhance wealth and income generation, employment opportunities, economic growth, increased productivity, crime reduction and effective utilisation of resources.
Besides, Afolabi stressed the need to make the curriculum of tertiary institutions in Nigeria more pragmatic and have built-in-job training programmes which would enable students to acquire relevant entrepreneurial skills required for self employment and wealth creation.
The Executive Secretary of National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Prof. Aliyu-Bappa Muhammad, who was the chairman of the event lauded ACE for its efforts at proffering solutions to prevalent problems in the society and nation at large.
Muhammad, who was represented by a member of the NCCE council, Mr. Chukwuma Ugwuanyi said, “By doing this, we are showing relative comparative advantage with universities; not many institutions can do inaugural lecture. It entails how much this place can transform to a university.”