-2.1 C
New York City
Monday, March 4, 2024
Home NEWS Nigeria University VC Calls For Innovation Villages In Nigeria

University VC Calls For Innovation Villages In Nigeria

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Vice-Chancellor, University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof. Faraday Orumnwense, has called on governments at all levels to invest more in science and technology in order to boost skill acquisition.

AUTONOV 1: Designed by the late Professor Ayodele Awojobi of the University of Lagos’ Engineering Faculty

Orumnwense, who made the call on Tuesday in Abuja at the “Civil Society Dialogue with Stakeholders on Education’’, called for establishment of technology and innovation villages.

The dialogue was orgainsed by the 1st Initiative for Leadership and Economic Watch in Nigeria.

The theme of the dialogue is “Knowledge as the Engine of 21st Century Economic Growth: Reforming the System in Nigeria.’’

Orumnwense , who was represented by Prof. Jacob Ehirobo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, UNIBEN, said the modern world was driven by knowledge-economy.

“Large corporations should set up specialised institutions where people are trained for specialised skills in production after graduation as it is done in other climes.

“There should be a strong synergy between the academia and the industries; industrial parks should be established in universities.

“The government should invest more in science and technology and should as a matter of deliberate policy set up technology and innovation villages.

“The government should increase funding to tertiary institutions and research institutes as well as establishment of centres of excellence to research into critical areas of national needs,’’ he said.

Mr Agbonkponlor  Splendour, the Execuitve Director, 1st Initiative for Leadership and Economic Watch in Nigeria, who spoke, said the essence of dialogue was to improve the education sector.

He said that Nigeria’s education sector lacked capacity to impact skills on graduates.

“Our graduates cannot compete favourably in the labour market because of lack of skills.

“The essence of this is to deliberate on how to empower Nigerian students to be at same level with their peers abroad,’’ he said.

In a remark, Dr Paddy Njoku, President, International Institute of Leadership and Governance, urged Nigerian youths to be wary of those inciting them to violence.

He said students should strive to break grounds instead of always blaming the government for the state of Nigeria’s education sector

 

Most Popular

Toyota Shutdown More Production Lines After Emission Test Irregularities

Toyota Motor has extended until March 1 the shutdown of two production lines at two manufacturing plants run by Toyota group companies in Japan,...

Volvo Launches New Volvo EX30 Electric

The new Volvo EX30 has officially launched in South Africa, arriving as one of the most accessible fully electric vehicles (EVs) in the country and signaling...

Mercedes-Benz Team Receives another High Profit Sharing Bonus, Amidst Global Economic Crunch

Based on the preliminary results for the 2023 financial year published today, eligible employees are expected to receive a profit sharing bonus of up...