By Olasunknami Akoni
Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, has called for a review of the curriculum of Nigeria ’s education to reflect the need for the development of the human resource capabilities necessary for a national growth and development.
He stated this while delivering a lecture titled, Prospects and Challenges of an Agricultural Engineer at the 40th anniversary of the Department of Engineering of the Faculty of Environmental Engineering, University of Ibadan last week.
Declaring that education remains a critical tool for national development, Hamzat disclosed plans by the state government to initiate and promote the utilisation of available research findings that could improve productivity and impact on the economy.
According to him, “A committee of eminent academics will soon be inaugurated with responsibility to develop and manage such plausible research mechanism as envisioned by the state government.”
Hamzat also explained that the state government’s actions in the area of infrastructure development had given a need for the state-owned Lagos State University, LASU, to begin programmes that would support the management of extensive infrastructure.
He listed such as the establishment of the School of Public Transport Studies at the university.
The commissioner insisted that technical education is not a lesser value job compared to other non-technical training.
While urging students to engage in very profitable opportunities available in the agriculture sector, Hamzat stated that the challenge of job creation can be traced to the non-domestication of the dominant sectors of the economy, that is oil and gas, mining, among others.
He noted that with exportation of raw materials and nil investment in processing of the raw materials, feeder products take place outside the shores of Nigeria thus creating jobs off Nigeria’s shores.
Hamzat expressed the view that the development of appropriate technology relevant to the needs of Nigeria remains the singular challenge for all researches across Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.