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Expert makes case for skilled workers

By Fintan Ibegwam

ENUGU—An international management consultant based in the United Kingdom, Mr Kachi Okezie, has called for a shift of emphasis in Nigeria from paper qualifications to skills that are relevant to the labour market.

Speaking at a workshop organised by the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria in Enugu for its senior managers and directors, Mr Okezie said the current craze for academic qualifications was largely to blame for the poor industrial and technological output in the country as well as the glut of unemployable graduates. He said in the UK, people with technical and vocational skills were the top-earners in industry.

“A skilled camera operator or studio technician at my local television station invariably earns more than the director of human resources. The top presenter at the BBC earned about £6m a year compared to the director-general’s £210,000” he said.

Lamenting the dearth of training opportunities for middle level personnel, Okezie called on organisations in both public and private sectors to encourage their staff to “learn-on-the job rather than traipse off to universities in search of a piece of paper that adds no value to workplace productivity and organisational efficiency.”

Mr Okezie, who is the Chief Executive Officer of CTP International, a United Kingdom-based management consultancy firm, noted that institutions, such as the FRCN Training School, should not be aspiring to university status, adding that they should rather remain as centres of excellence for sector-specific industrial training, and resourced as such.

The workshop is part of an ongoing series of in-house management development events aimed at improving managerial skills and competence within FRCN, in a rounded and more holistic manner.

Speaking through a representative, the Director-General of the Corporation, Mr. Yusuf Nuhu, said developing the human capital within FRCN was a key priority for the Corporation under his leadership.


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