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 , 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 of 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 . ”