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Educationists harp on colloaboration with advanced countries

Stakeholders have advocated stronger partnerships between Nigeria and advanced countries to develop the education sector.

An international management expert from the Galilee international management institute Israel, Professor Joseph Shavel who spoke at a pre convocation briefing by a private university in Abuja said Nigeria has a huge potential that must be developed.

The idea is to develop the most advanced academic programmes aimed at reducing the number of Nigerian students going abroad to study of which a lot of them never return to the country, this is a big loss”, he said.

Dr Shavel further said they can develop a framework that would change the way agriculture is practised in the country to achieve food sufficiency and also export to other countries.

Nigeria is primarily an agricultural country with one of the best potentials in the world, however the country imports almost everything but what we want to do is to change this direction to exporting agricultural product and developed the know-how in irrigation, he added.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University Professor Leslie Dabor stated that the programme would help develop high human capital and address unemployment.

“Currently youth unemployment is as high as sixty per cent and when people complete their education and remain unemployed, they will stop believing in school, therefore we are shifting the mindset and educational paradigm to self-employment mentality by inputting into the educational programmes entrepreneurial, creative and innovative spirit.

The Stakeholders at the event agreed that the time for Nigeria to assume its position as a regional power had come.

Tijjani Ibrahim

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