A Professor of Counsellor Education at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria, Alfred Akanni Adegoke, has identified restructuring of the Nigeria’s educational system, as one of the possible options, through which the nation could get out of its current economic recession.
Prof. Adegoke made the observation in a lead paper presented at the 7th Annual National Conference of the School of Education, Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo, which held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 in the institution.
Lamenting the current state of the Nigeria’s economy, the former Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), while speaking on the theme of the conference entitled: ‘’ Tackling Economic Recession Through Inclusive and Functional Education in Nigeria”, stated that the problem with the nation was not due to dearth of human and natural resources, but its inability to harness and properly utilized them for the benefit of its citizens.
The UNILORIN lecturer bemoaned the neglect of Agriculture, which he described as the major foreign exchange earner for the country before the discovery of oil, whichhe said the drop inits current price, has affectedrevenue of the country and produced negative effect in all sectors including education. Prof. Adegoke listed some of the factors responsible for decline in
Nigeria’s fortune in recent years to include political instability, lack of focused and visionary leadership, economic management and corruption. He emphasized the importance of education in national development and described it as a right and foundation required for the attainment of sustainable social, political and economic transformation of the society.
The Counselling expert, however, lamented what he described as the failure of the country’s leadership to make effective use of series of educational systems introduced since 1914,saying the development has prevented the education sector from playingits role effectively.
While making strong case for the introduction of functional education system in Nigeria, the Professor of Counsellor education said this was necessary in order to attain the level ofachievements recorded in some developed countries such as China, Japan, Russia and the United State of America (USA), which he said were able to achieve various breakthroughs due to their commitment towards functional education. Prof. Adegoke listed advantages of functional education stating that its implementation would help inequipping recipients with knowledge and skills that is required for maximum performance of productive task and helps the society to meet developmental needs.
On some of the problems facing Nigeria’s educational system, the former Dean, Faculty of Education, UNILORIN, listed them as including inadequate funding, planning and Management, lack of inclusive education, inadequate infrastructure, irrelevant curricula to industrial needs as well as inadequate commitment on the part of students and teachers.
As panacea, Prof. Adegoke urged government at all levels to show commitment and political will to promote functional education through increased funding, policy making, supervision and monitoring of educational projects and programmes.
In addition, he tasked various supervisory agencies of educational institutions and Ministry of Education to play better role as watchdog in ensuring that all educational institutions from Primary school to tertiary operate within and abide by laid down standard.
He also stressed the need for government to place special emphasis on technical education, development of primary education, provision of modern infrastructure, re-introduction of Teachers Training Colleges and Higher School Certificate (HSC)programme as well as cancelling of the disparity between Polytechnic and University graduates and closing gap existing between tertiary education and industries saying the step would help the nation to achieve its economic objectives.
In his remarks on the occasion, the Provost of the College, Prof. Olukoya Ogen described the themeof the conference as suitable in view of the current situation in the country.
He expressed happiness to be at the conference and commended its organizers for their diligence, hardwork and pledged his readiness to make personal donation towards the success of the programme.
Prof. Ogen also appreciated the Chairman of the occasion, Chief Femi Ogungbeni for gracing the occasion and identifying with the development of the College.
Similarly, the Provost also lauded the lead paper presenter, Prof. Alfred Adegoke for coming to add value to intellectualism in the College and expressed optimism that participants would benefit immensely from his paper presentation.
The College Administrator, however, stressed the importance of knowledge stating that its acquisitionwould help people greatly incopingwith the present economic situation in the country.
Also in his opening remark, the Chairman of the occasion, Chief Femi Ogungbeni lauded the CollegeManagement for organizing the conference, noting that the various intellectual programmes, which recently took place in the College, has placed the institution ahead of its peers making it one of the outstanding Colleges of education in Nigeria. Chief Ogungbeni a former Permanent Secretary and retired secondary Principal also commended the Dean, School of Education in the institution, Dr. (Mrs.). Oyenike Oyinloye for sustaining the tradition of academic excellence in the institution.
He used the occasion to appeal to the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency, restore the University status of the College that was put on hold so as to enable the institution to add more values to education in the training of manpower for the country.
Earlier in her address of welcome, the Dean, School of Education, Dr. (Mrs.) Oyenike Oyinloye explained that the annual conference, which is the 7th edition to be organized, aimed at attracting renowned scholars and experts in the field of education to the institution in order to enable participants benefit from their wealth of experience. She stated that the theme of this year’s conference was carefully chosen so as to reflect the current economic situation in the country with the views of proffering solutions.
Dr. Oyinloye thanked the Provost of the College, Prof. Olukoya Ogen for his sterling leadership qualities and commitment to the development of the institution. The colorful event which featured music presentation by students from the Department of Music in the College, climaxed with presentation of award and gift itemto High Chief (Dr.) Moses Sunday Jayeola-Omoyeni, a staff of the College, who retired recently from the School of Education in the institution.
The occasion was graced by eminent personalities including the College Deputy Provost, Acting Registrar, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede; Bursar, Mr. Ganiyu Abdul and Acting Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi.
Also present were Deans and Directors, Heads of Departments and Units, Staff and students among others.