Nigeria’s vice president Yemi Osinbajo said that the government intends to revise the educational curriculum to enable school pupils to learn software development and coding.
Osinbajo, who spoke at the 50th National Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria held in Abuja, themed, Stand Out, said countries across the world had begun to embrace human resources development over the old ways.
He opined that any youth without skills and knowledge of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), would be unemployable in the future.
“The new technologies that are developing everything we are seeing today clearly show that anyone in the coming generation will be left behind, if they are not equipped with the knowledge of cutting edge of technology or with a sound knowledge of technology, at least,” Osinbajo said.
He explained that the need for ICT knowledge in schools had informed the Federal Government’s decision to infuse educational development in its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.
According to him, “The focus on primary and secondary education is on employability skills, especially technology. So our focus is on teaching young people from the primary, even pre-primary, school to use all the new techniques, especially code writing skills and software writing skills.”
“We believe that our educational system must incorporate that, which is why, with the new curriculum, a lot of attention is focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” Osinbajo said.
President of the CIPM, Udom Inoyo, said there was a need for Nigeria to shift its focus from the oil to human capital development.
Inoyo described the nation’s population as “unquestionably a strategic asset for sustainable development, but that is if it is properly harnessed and leveraged.”
“The leading and technologically advanced nations have shown that the wealth of nations no longer lies in the possession of abundant natural resources, but in the quality of its human resource.”
“For a country like Nigeria, which is highly dependent on oil, we need to remind our people that oil is a depleting asset. The country’s large population, especially our young ones, is where its strength truly lies,” Inoyo said.