The British Council has trained the federal ministry of education, the National University Commission (NUC) and other relevant stakeholders in effective national system of innovation in Nigeria.
The training was held yesterday in Abuja was themed, ‘Effective National System of Innovation in Nigeria.
Briefing newsmen on the sidelines of the event, Ian Attfield, Senior Education Advisor, British High Commission, Abuja, said the workshop was organised to address the gaps hampering the growth of entrepreneurship in Nigerian universities.
“Nigeria has a significant opportunity to leapfrog. Just as we talked about sort of leapfrogging land landlines and analogue telephone straight to mobile and digital systems. There are many lessons that can be applied. We’re not saying the UK blueprint should be copied. It has to be indigenous,” he said.
Prof. Temitayo Shenkoya, Director, Higher Education, British Council, said one of the major problems in the country’s education ecosystem was lack of communication among stakeholders.
This, he said, had led to Nigeria’s curriculums being rejected, “so we brought in all the key stakeholders to relate, network and speak to each other to bridge this gap.”
Andrew Adejo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, represented by Khadijat Liman, Director of Education Management/Project Coordinator at the ministry, said the programme was also aimed at exploring effective mechanisms to enhance relationship and connection between players in the national system of innovation.