Bankole: Not sure I agree with you Akor. My current mechanic studied automobile diagnosis abroad and I pay a bit more to get my car fixed because I have suffered in the hands of jokers. Also most people don’t mind paying more for basic customer service, which the road side guy will not give you.
Akor: Well. You did suffer in the hand of mediocrity before you moved there. And still in that. I still doubt that you pay a chef or a plumber or a skilled Bricklayer. The gap is a circle. But not a lone standing circle. It overlaps with many of what we have mentioned in this discussion. From government to institutional failings. But I must say we should not exempt ourselves from the blame. Let’s put it this way. How many of us are willing to let our children or siblings study one of these courses without battling with the fear of a lost future?
Toks: They say the country is full of many entrepreneurs. I personally believe this is not down to choice but due to lack of job opportunities available after school and university. So people have to create their own destiny and create a business. Creating jobs will come from investing in areas that have been neglected. Developing skills in these areas is where the focus should be to see the impact.
Gihan: Again it’s back to orientation. I’d rather my child learn that waking up early, applying your mind, being diligent, trusting and having a ‘stick to it’ mentality will breed success. Success maybe not measured by money but by self movement, self growth and self worth. “If do my work well, I will grow”, this orientation can only come about by having good youth focused leaders/government. It must be fixed at the core. The older generation or mentors as they would like to be called, didn’t teach the right methods. A line worker at McDonalds wants to work hard enough to become a franchise manager and then diligently enough to become a franchise owner. He works with a dream to success. Our dream in Nigeria is to become rich quick like our “mentors”. This is why a Doctor becomes a Car Importer, a Lawyer becomes a Developer and a Gateman a Petty thief. Orientation at the core. This is our gap.
Bankole: Let’s take a pool here. Who has not suffered in the hands of an artisan before? Artisans are a major main point. Let more enlightened folks get involved or at least manage the businesses and train them well. The world is evolving. before now very few people would have said they wanted their children to be entertainers. Now, we are all registering kids in music school. Unto what purpose?
Akor: Let’s pay artisans well, demand and invest in education of them (polytechnics). That is the only way their standards will rise. The skill that is most lacking is that in the artisan industry and we must fix that. It is the bedrock of most things in society. Our ICT or Mechanical engineering degree needs a ton of artisan (and at this point that term is not right for them) skill.
Rijo: We would require skills & specialties that meet what society demands. Government however has a role in providing infrastructure such as broadband, equipping of laboratories, and spending on research.
The Octagon: We will close this conversation in 4minutes. Can we share our last points? Thanks
Gihan: This forum was very good and informative. My final comment is “Nigeria is in trouble”. Our orientation got us here and we continue to dip. I don’t believe in miracles.
Akor: I want us to invest personally and as a society in research and education. Not just school fees but get on school boards an influence the curriculum and training methods.
Rijo: In closing, industry and the educational system are mutually inclusive. One sets the tone for quality of graduates in terms of requisite skill sets, while the other helps with research, especially for the manufacturing sector.
Laolu: I believe in Miracles. That we are where we are and the country itself is still surviving is a miracle! We need a mental reorientation!
Bankole: We need reorientation. We need to prepare our people for the future. This requires us going back to our institutions and preparing our students adequately for what opportunities lie ahead of us. This will require is revisiting our curriculum in partnership with the Labour market
Paul: I strongly agree with you bankole on that, Peter Theil said on a recent trip to China that the intensity of the Chinese to learn and relearn via the Internet is scary. I believe we can imbibe that same kind of hunger here. It’s all in the mind. But how do we help mentally lazy people?
Ernest: The private sector doesn’t understand or see the need to invest in the overall training and skills development of young people. Particularly if they’re not going to directly benefit from it. Or if they feel like the worker might leave them. I think we have to change that mindset. No training or development is ever wasted.
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