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EZEKWESILI: HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT CRITICAL TO SOCIETAL TRANSFORMATION

(Last Updated On: April 21, 2017)

By James, Michael Igiri

Former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili yesterday said that if Nigeria must witness social and economic transformation she so desired, those who govern the country’s education space must make conscientious effort to provide composite education that would transform ordinary people to human capital.

This, according to her, is because composite education guarantees increase in productivity and competitiveness, which in turn reflects positively on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

In a keynote address delivered at the Meadow Hall Foundation’s Education Convention, which held at the City Hall, Lagos State with the theme “Transforming our society through education,” Ezekwesili said existing facts through research shows that it takes education to make the citizens of a country, more productive and competitive.

She explained that analysis from the global economic league table shows that countries with the highest Human Capital Index take the lead, and not those with the largest oil reserves. She therefore urged policy makers and stakeholders to begin to think of how to change ordinary citizens into productive, highly competitive individuals through knowledge, as that is the way to make the society progressively transformational.

“Productivity and competitiveness will change the story of Nigeria for good, because it is through citizens who are competitive and productive that a country begins to structurally lift itself out of its lowly position. But research has shown that people don’t just become productive and competitive, they have to go through individual structural transformation, and education is what will make that happen,” She said.