Don accuses governments of properly funding the education sector to stem youth unrest

A professor of sociology at Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Taiwo Edun, has urged the Federal Government (FG) to rethink the insufficient financing of the education sector in order to meet the challenge of the unrest of youth and other social vices.

Edun gave the advice at the public institution’s 101st inaugural lecture, saying “catastrophe awaits the country if the government fails to address the problems of banditry, kidnapping and the threat of insurgency by Boko Haram or to adequately fund the education industry.”

The don, in his lecture titled “Rethinking Education for Paid Youth Employment in Nigeria: A Sociological Imagination,” said that the current university system is not adding values ​​to young people due to insufficient funding.

He stressed the need for governments at all levels to commit huge resources to the education sector to change the orientation of the youth towards patriotism and other responsible behaviors.

Professor Edun also called for the revision of Nigeria’s education policy so that entrepreneurship mentoring can focus more on self-discovery.

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He said entrepreneurship education should be reviewed at all levels of the national education system.

He argued that this would transform the fortunes of the country and towards economic prosperity, despite the threat of an imminent collapse of the national economy.

He felt that self-discovery should be given significant recognition in the curriculum.

According to him, “the aim of entrepreneurship education at university level should not be to turn graduates into artisans, but to stimulate their creativity and their capacity for innovation to generate new ideas and develop prototypes that artisans can duplicate”.

Edun added that the government should strive to provide essential infrastructure as well as rethink fiscal and monetary policies.

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