The Chancellor of Salem University, Anyigba, Kogi State, Dr. Sam Amaga, has urged the Federal Government to bring creativity and innovation into the curriculum of universities because some of the courses on offer in the nation’s tertiary institutions have become obsolete.
The chancellor said this in Abuja, while receiving the John Maxwell Leadership Team, a global training firm, consulted to train students of the Salem Business School on leadership and innovation.
The John Maxwell delegation, which would commence training in the school in the coming week, is headed by Dr. Alfred Tofade.
Amaga said Nigeria needed a departure from the orthodox education of the 1960s to innovation-driven and private sector-led university education, which would be moderated by the government.
He said, “An international organisation did say some time ago that 73 per cent of Nigerian graduates are unemployable. They cannot fit. This is because of our training concept. Nigeria has developed a generic educational system since the late 1960s and we are still there. India shifted from the generic to the vocational and today, it is a mega economy.
“Some of the courses in our universities are completely obsolete. Our present curriculum cannot drive climate change and green energy. We must do away with our past curriculum. We advise the government that it should allow the private sector and private universities to lead innovation in this country. We must depart from orthodox and red-tapism to innovation. We must produce the relevant skills for employment.”
The chancellor noted that the John Maxwell partnership would help to train “seasoned leaders” who would fit into every sector of the Nigerian economy.
“Our focus is on training leaders with a new mantra. We have a course, Total Leadership Concept, for all the students. John Maxwell team is a global corporate organsiation which has trained more than 500 companies. That is why we are partnering them,” Amaga added.