Vocational Technical Education as a Tool for Sustainable Development in Nigeria

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Vocational Technical Education as a Tool for Sustainable Development in Nigeria

Vocational Technical Education as a Tool for Sustainable Development in Nigeria

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Olaleye Adebayo Adeyemi
Department of Technical Education, Oyo State College of Education, Lanlate
E-mail: olaleyeadebayoadeyemi2470@gmail.com 
Tel: 08066295556

Abstract

General consensus is that education is the most powerful instrument man has devised so far to shape his own fortune. While Vocational technical education in particular is the cornerstone for any sustainable technological development and society. Its relevant practical training components hold the key to Nigeria becoming technologically developed. This paper focused on vocational and technical education as a tool for sustainable development in Nigeria. The paper dwelt on the concept, historical overview of vocational and technical education in Nigeria as well as its roles in sustainable development. The constraints to vocational and technical education which affects its efficiency in sustainable developments were enumerated. It is expected that this paper would empower the stakeholders, especially the policy-makers, so that they genuinely accept vocational technical education as an equally important component of achieving sustainable development through the total learning system providing relevant knowledge, skills and competencies for employability, quality living and learning outcome. Consequently, vocational technical education is seen as the master key because it has the ability to open all the doors of life-long learning and improve the vocational expertise and consequently the quality of living which are components of sustainable development. Some of the recommendations proffered are that vocational and technical education should be integrated properly into the general education system. Government should provide adequate fund to support polytechnics and technical colleges to ensure that facilities are provided and maintained. The government should endeavour to develop a culture of entrepreneurial thinking by integrating entrepreneurship into nation’s education system.

Key Words: VTE, Tool, Sustainable development, Nigeria.

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Insecurity and Threats to Sustainable Development in Africa

INSECURITY AND THREATS TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

SHEDRACK, C. IGBOKE

Department of Political Science

Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka

Tel: +2347039749202

Email: Sc.igboke@unizik.edn.ng

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EZE, OSMOND IKECHUKWU

Department of Political Science

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University

Igbariam Campus

Tel: + 2348036938184

Email: ezeosmond76@gmail.com

Abstract

The problem of developmental crisis and sustainable development in Africa which are evident in lack of security activities and leadership failure. The basic thrusts of this paper is to identify the emerging trends of security threats in Africa with a view to diagnosing their causes and assessing their effects on sustainable development and the corporate existence of Africa. To achieve this goal, the paper relies on secondary sources of data. Meanwhile, the study adopted the system failure theory as theoretical framework of analysis. Through a systematic analysis of the available data, the study found that the activities of insurgency, fulani herdsmen, bandit, porous borders, poor governance, corruption, etc. threaten the sustainable development in Africa. In this regard, the study recommends among other things, the constitutional responsibility of the African (Nigerian) police force and other security agencies should be overhauled to contain its presence in remote and rural areas especially those where eruption of violence attacks are common. The paper also points out the difficulties of managing these insurgent, fulani herdsmen and bandit activities created by the porous nature of African (Nigerian) borders and unpreparedness of African (Nigerian) administrative and security mechanism of the country to tackle it. Moreso, we equally posit that the panacea to the disturbing trend of security threats in Africa is employment generation and effective implementation of the sundry poverty alleviation programmmes in Africa. However, unless the above mentioned problem is addressed through good governance and equal distribution of national cake or resources, Africa will continue to experience the problems of sustainable development.

Keywords: Insecurity, conflict, insurgency, poverty, corruption and sustainable development.

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Exploring Means of Promoting Sustainable Development Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) in Nigeria: Human Resource Management Perspective.

EXPLORING MEANS OF PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 8 (DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH) IN NIGERIA: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PERSPECTIVE.

Prof. Isaac Zeb-Obipi

Department of Management

Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

zeb-obipi.isaac@ust.edu.ng (Corresponding Author)

Dr. Gold Leton Kpurunee

Department of Corporate Entrepreneurship

Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

leton.kpurunee@ust.edu.ng

Abstract

This paper explores the means to promote Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 (decent work and economic growth) in Nigeria drawing from the Human Resource Management Perspective. SDG 8 is focused on promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full productive employment, and decent work for all. Economic growth refers to an increase in a country’s GDP; and decent work refers to adequate opportunities for work, remuneration, safety at work, and healthy working conditions. It connotes a job with better working conditions that promote workers’ competence, efficiency, and greater output. Society has lots of benefits when more people become productive and contribute to the economy, and Human Resource Management has some roles to play in bringing about this. This paper’s findings indicate that Human Resource Management can ensure decent work and economic growth through human resource procurement for inclusion and diversity, protection of workers’ rights, provision of safe and inclusive working environment, opportunities for training and development, and driving business initiatives hinged on the imperatives of decent work for economic growth. The paper concludes that a country with decent work opportunities will enjoy greater productivity, leading to economic growth. Therefore, the paper recommends that organizations should participate in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 relating to decent work and economic growth by fostering better Human Resource Management practices in the areas of human resource procurement, protection of workers’ rights, provision of a safe and inclusive working environment, training and development initiatives and business activities that drive worker commitment for attaining the SDG 8.

Keywords: Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Goal 8, Decent Work, Economic Growth, Human Resource Management.

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