Vice President advocates curriculum review for universities

By Tmothy Choji, Abuja

University education in Nigeria would require a curriculum review in order to make the graduates immediately relevant when they complete their studies and also become problem-solvers.

There also has to be more investments made, especially to encourage and inspire those who teach in institutions of learning in the country.

These views were expressed by Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, during a courtesy visit by a delegation from a private owned institution, Baze University, Abuja, led by former Chief Justice of Nigeria, retired Justice Alfa Belgore.

The Vice President himself a professor of law, stressed that there are graduates who spend four years in university but still need to be retrained after graduation, before they can become relevant.

“For instance you will find lawyers having been trained for four years but not being able to solve a legal problem because of the way they were taught, and computer students being taught without computers in some instances,” the Vice President stated.

He said what is missing includes the lack of a problem-solving approach to university education.

“It is a significant problem especially with the global competition out there,” he said.

The Vice President noted that a lot of what has to be done to change the situation “has to do with investing in those who teach, they need to be incentivized and inspired. It is time to take another look at the whole Nigerian education architecture all over again. We hope we can change the method.”

Speaking to State House Correspondents, retired Justice Belgore said the visit was to introduce the school to the Vice President and invite him to its next convocation.

He said citizens of the country must be patient as the country’s education sector develops.

Belgore said Nigerian Universities have the needed facilities and are among the best in the world.

The former Chief Justice, who is a member of the governing Council of Baze University, said the nation’s Universities can compete with any in the world.

“We are just anxious to see things developing everyday but it can’t be possible. We have more universities springing up we have up to four in some states and that make us to have more universities than any country in the world. Nigerian Universities are one of the best in the African continent and the entire universe,” he said.

Commenting on the performance of the country’s Judiciary, the former Chief Justice of Nigeria said that arm of government has been doing well.
“The current judiciary is the best on the African continent. We supply other African countries with judges and lawyers. The Nigerian Judiciary has expanded rapidly,” the former Chief Justice said.

Also speaking to newsmen, Pro Chancellor of Baze University, Dr Datti Baba-Ahmed appealed for more funding for universities in the country.

“There is need for greater investment on the side of the private sector and there is need for better utilizations of the funds being provided to government owned universities,” he said.

Dr Ahmed used the opportunity to also plead for more time before people can assess the contributions of government to developments in the education sector.

He said education remains the best legacy that parents can bequeath to their children therefore; all must strive to educate their children.