Provost FCE Yola, Degereji gives insights on how Nigeria can hunt for FDI

Degereji.
Degereji.
Provost FCE Yola, Degereji gives insights on how Nigeria can hunt for FDI

The Provost of Federal College of Education (FCE), Yola, Mohamed Usman Degereji has today proffer useful suggestions on how the federal government can hunt for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to boost the country’s GDP.

Degereji made the suggestions on the sidelines of a two-day staff dialogue with senior staff of the institution which is geared towards drawing up a roadmap and to reposition the institution for greater feats in 2024.

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“We need to shore up our technical manpower in this country by engaging the youths in meaningful and productive ventures as most of them are not engaged.

“This is in realization of the fact that based on the policies we have, not everyone can go to the universities. So we need to train them at the polytechnics so that the development we are looking for can come to fruition and will even attract developed countries to come into Nigeria.

Management staff of FCE Yola.
Management staff of FCE Yola.

“America is moving with their factories into China not because they don’t have the technology but because in China, well skilled trained youth can be found very cheap and they can give America what it wants.

“Whenever America needs such technology, they carry their designs to China for coupling because they have cheap labour and technology. But they cannot come to Nigeria because even if we have the cheap labour, we don’t have the technical know how because our youths are not trained. So we need to train the youth massively,” he said.

Degereji who also made case for out-of-school children, urged the federal government to invest seriously in education by building more schools, employing more teachers and building more classrooms.

Cross section of staff.
Cross section of staff.

“From the statistics we have now we need nothing less that 250,000 teachers to fill the gap at the basic level. We have to support the colleges that are producing basic education teachers so that they can produce more and effective teachers to cover the problem of out-of-school children.

“I’m calling on the government to support teaching practice and SIWES and help NCE students with stipends to encourage them,” he said.

The Provost urged the federal government to fully fund tertiary education for optimal results noting that the partial funding of these institutions is not working well for their development. He noted that FCE Yola does not have the comfort of increasing tuition fees considering the fact that most of the students of the college come from poor background.

He noted that the college has also revived the pre-NCE programs in order to help students with admission deficiency to sit for one year remedial classes to make up for entry requirements into the college.

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