“Nigeria must make conscious efforts to restructure its education model to reflect technical know-how and meet current realities if it is to be an active participant in the 4th industrial revolution across the world.” This formed part of the decisions reached by panelists at the 2019 Worldstage Economic Summit in Lagos,South West Nigeria.
The Panelists said the new model was important to bridge the intellectual gap that currently hinders research and development.
In his presentation at the Summit,the Guest speaker, Dr. Babatope Ogunniyi of the department of Economics at the University of Lagos said the 4th industrial revolution was rooted in digitization so policy makers needed to be in tandem with reality.
” The successful adoption of the 4th industrial revolution will rely on the ability of governments ,businesses and citizens to commit in supporting the transformation of society into a modern and Smart society driven by advanced technology skills,innovation and responsive policy “.
Speaking on the current curriculum in the country’s education sector,one of the panelists, Dr. Chizom Ibeh said ” it has to go” and “we must develop a model that will suit the Nigerian problem”.
The President of the Worldstage group,organisers of the summit,Mr. Segun Adeleye, also called on government to collaborate with the private sector to set up innovation hubs across the country to engage the youths meaningfully and prepare them for the future.
The 2019 Worldstage Economic Summit had the theme: “ Getting Nigeria ready for the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution”.