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Okebukola Lists Requirements To Strengthen Education In Nigeria

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Emeritus Professor in Lagos State University, Peter Okebukola, has listed enabling environment, improve access, relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and equity as some of the main ingredients required to strengthen the education system in Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria.
Okebukola, a former executive secretary of the National Universities Commission made this known at the 7th Annual International Conference, Faculty of Education, Lagos State University.

Speaking on the theme: ‘Empowering Education: Building the Future’ Okebukola said that in building a great future for Nigerian Universities, the Faculty of Education of must be empowered.

“All human resources which Lagos State and other States in Nigeria required to build a glorious future would be taught directly or indirectly by teachers from Faculty of Education of Nigerian universities,” he said.

The university Don further said that the Faculty of Education produces teachers who offer services at the secondary and tertiary levels. In turn, these teachers teach the future Local Government Chairmen, State Governors, future Presidents of Nigeria, doctors in our hospitals, engineers for our manufacturing and construction industries and other personnel in the public and private sectors.

. He added that for us in LASU, no person in the community – teaching and non-teaching staff and students would have escaped being taught directly or indirectly by-product of a Faculty of Education.

Okebukola who is also the President, Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI-Africa) concluded his keynote address by providing a forecast of the human resources needed for a greater Nigeria in 2050 and highlighted areas of focus, especially in the curriculum and teacher education.

Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University, said that building the future is very apt considering the menace that had befallen education all over the world, adding that by empowering education, the country will be inspiring and nurturing the highest ideas for a sustainable future.
The Vice-Chancellor who was ably represented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Wahab Elias appreciated the presence of the chairperson of the event, the former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Idiat Adebule and expressed her gratitude to Peter Okebukola; Joyce Taole, University of Africa; Gerald Walton, Lakehead University, Canada for their presentations.
On his part, Tunde Owolabi, dean, Faculty of Education, described the tool to drastically influence human capital development as Education and the key to that are the teachers.
“No nation can rise above the quality of her teacher and for this reason, the theme of the conference was carefully coined out to reflect the gap in knowledge at this critical time”. he added.

Earlier at the event, Idiat Oluranti Adebule, former deputy governor of Lagos State, in her remarks, commended the efforts of the organizers of the event for the theme which would provide a scholarly context for the intellectuals and educators all over the country and beyond to provide carefully considered implementable solutions capable of driving our education system into the future.
Adebule further asserted that the development of a nation depends on the development of its education system which in turn depends on its operators, tools, methods and curriculum. Our education system should addressed the societal challenges if we are to keep up with global development.
Our youthful population must not lose the believe in the power of formal education as the route to sustainable economic empowerment and social development in this rapidly changing world”, she advised.

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