By Emman Ovuakporie
ABUJA—The faulty and outdated nature of educational curricula currently being operated in the country has been identified as the bane of development and the un-employability of the nation’s teeming graduates.
A Professor of Business Administration and Management with the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University in Lapai, Niger State; Professor May Nwoye, who made this known in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, citing reasons for the poor state of the economy arising from huge unemployment and insecurity in the country.
Mrs Nwoye, a one-time Bursa at the University of Benin and an accomplished author noted that the faulty academic curricula being used to train manpower for the economy by institutions does not address the needs of modern day societies.
Nwoye said that the colonialists, who were the authors of the current curriculum were desirous of the fact that the nation’s economy must continue to depend on foreign technological inputs to survive.
Her words, “The curriculum we are running right now was not designed by us. Those who designed it did not intend it to have any long term solution to our ever growing social and economic needs as a nation. They always want us to keep depending on them for whatever development effort we want to make for ourselves.
“When people talk about capital flight by all these expatriate companies, I always tell them that so long as we do not have a workable and a home-grown academic curriculum tailored towards producing manpower that can develop local technologies for our industries, those who come to our country as investors in whatever sector of the economy will continue to rip us off through capital flight.
“These people come into the country with their technology and manpower because, they believe most of our graduates are not employable. And I don’t blame them because the kind of outdated curriculum handed down to us by the colonial masters is not in tune with the industrial realities and demand of the 20th, not to even talk about the 21st century.
“That is why organisations take the few ones with brains and also spend lots of money in re-training them to fit into the industrial space available.”
Nwoye who has authored many literary journals spoke on her recent award by one of the oil giants in the Niger Delta region, Shevron Nigeria Plc as having the best literary prose in 2014, saying that the book entitled, “Oil Cemetery x-rayed the plight of the Niger Delta people who instead of rejoicing for the resources with which God blessed them turned out to out to be victims of conspiracy and neglect by the government as well as those who directly and indirectly benefit from the resources.
She said the work which was published in the US is currently a subject of several international review groups and television documentaries outside Nigeria.