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Nigeria must raise tertiary education standards, says Osinbajo


Vice President, Yemi Osinbanjo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stressed the need to raise the nation’s tertiary education standards, especially in technology, if the country must expect a boost in performance across economic sectors.
He expressed the commitment of the Federal Government to make more investment in science and technology to stimulate economic growth and create innovative solutions, which are catalysts to accelerated development.
Osinbajo, who spoke yesterday at the 2018 Digital Africa Conference and Exhibition in Abuja, represented by the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, stated that while government is committed to stimulating growth in the economy through wooing offshore investors, and providing softer pads for ease of doing business, it also recognises that investing in the country’s youths is a cardinal pathway to building sustainable growth.
The Vice President, who said government would put in place measures that will strengthen and create more tech startups in the country to solve some challenges facing the country, says government intends to strengthen the technology and innovation ecosystem by supporting the development of innovation hubs in partnership with the private sector.

In a related vein, the Vice President has said that the country’s economic development depends on the youths’ creativity and technology innovation to improve the skills acquisition introduced by some universities to boost self-reliance of graduates.

Osinbajo, who spoke yesterday in Yola during the launching of the first Nigerian humanitarian innovation hub, said the hub was designed by the Nigerian National Social Investments to foster creative local solutions that can be developed to address humanitarian crisis resulting from the ongoing conflict in the North-East region.

The Vice President, who noted that the aim of the project was to identify priority challenges to be tackled in the North-East region, such as access to food, water, health, education and shelter, said government’s industrialisation programmes in the past failed because youths were not involved to give them the opportunity to use their creativity to develop technology for economic development.

In another development, in line with 21st century work ethics, civil servants across the federation have been urged to acquire digital communication skills to bridge the communication and accountability gap between citizens and government.

Lagos State Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson Oke, who spoke at a training workshop organised by his ministry at Golf View Hotel & Suites, Ikeja, said it is high time the public service tap into the cornerstone of modern communication, which offers civil servants freedom to communicate with the public. 

He said access to digital communication skills would help government solidify “the delivery of quality offerings to the citizens.”

Also, a renowned scholar and President, Lagos Business School, Prof. Pat Utomi, said the civil service should draw strength from its history when it was known for excellent service delivery. 

He said the civil service needs a change in orientation to be stable in service and adaptable to change.

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