Govs Akeredolu, El-Rufai Agree On Curriculum Review As UNIMED Hosts 4th Lecture Series.
The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has stated the need to restructure the education sector as a crucial step towards advancing development across all sectors in Nigeria. Speaking at the 4th Distinguished Guest Lecture series of the University of Medical Sciences, UNIMED, Ondo; Governor Akeredolu said education policies should not be guided by political considerations but by serious concerns to accelerate pragmatic and systematic development of the country. The governor who is also the Visitor to UNIMED called on all stakeholders in the education sector to use the current challenges as a spring board to catalyse the country to greater heights by moving away from the unprofitable practice of certification which has rendered "thousands of graduates unemployable and helpless". While asserting that education should be the veritable key to socio-economic development, Arakunrin Akeredolu agreed that the curriculum must be made to address peculiar problems confronting the country. He appreciated Governor El-Rufai who he described as a first-class brain for sharing his thoughts at the Distinguished Guest Lecture series of UNIMED. Governor Arakunrin Akeredolu used the opportunity to assure that his administration's policy on education will positively affect the present and future generations and its performance indices will be made manifest for all to appreciate. Delivering the 4th Distinguished Guest Lecture, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai who is the Governor of Kaduna State said for the Nigeria Education System to be reformed and made impactful to engineer development, the National Policy on Education was due for to be overhauled. While saying that his state was already taking some steps in that direction, Governor El-Rufai said the target of education should be knowledge acquisition driven by quality, based on Information Communication Technology, ICT, and not mere certification. He stated that teachers must be motivated to impact knowledge, while the school environment must be made conducive for teaching and learning process to be seamless. Governor El- Rufai who spoke on the topic "Transforming Nigeria's Educational System: Looking Back and Looking Forward, suggested the adoption of first degree as the minimum qualification for teaching in Nigeria as against the use of Nigeria Certificate in Education NCE. Earlier in his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor of University of Medical Sciences ,UNIMED, Ondo, Professor Friday Okonofua described the visitor of the university, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi .