The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has called for a reassessment of the curriculum of tertiary institutions in favour of vocational courses, noting that the trend would infuse entrepreneurial skills in youths.
The minister maintained that such foundation would reduce hunger and unemployment in the country.
Adamu said this in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, on Monday during the unveiling of the United Nations Reading Hub.
The UN Reading Hub, our correspondent gathered, is under the auspices of the United Nations Association of the University of Uyo and it was adopted by the Africa Youth Movement.
Adamu, represented by the Vice Chancellor, UNIUYO, Prof. Enefiok Essien, said that Nigeria had been vigorously pursuing a skill-based education and entrepreneurial learning.
He added that less attention should be given to the acquisition of degrees, diplomas and certificates.
“With quality and rounded education, we will be sure of a change that will bring about a timely actualisation of all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by the designated year 2030.
“With proper education, individuals will have more entrepreneurial skills. This will eradicate or at least reduce poverty, which is the goal number one in SDG. This will lead to zero hunger, peace, justice and strong institutions,” he said.
The VC in his remarks described the partnership as unprecedented. Also, noting that the United Nations Reading Hub was the first of its kind in Nigeria, he said, “The reading hub is conceived as a one-stop resource centre for news, notices, appointments, opportunities, circulars, conventions, protocols, treaties, instruments and, in short, all up to date materials and information by the UN.
“The vast information bank will not only benefit students and staff of UNIUYO, but also the knowledge seeking public who will have the opportunity to come into the university library for research.”