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Former VC wants students adopt lifestyle to increase labour market fortunes



Prof. Sola Fajana, a former Vice Chancellor of the Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Osun, on Tuesday  advised students to
adopt lifestyles that would increase their fortunes in the labour  market.

Fajana  gave the advice at the Annual Conference of Department of Industrial Relations and Public Administration, Lagos State University.

He was represented as the guest speaker by Dr Olaoluwa Joseph of the Department of Business Administration, University of Lagos.

heme: “Human Capital Building and Sustainable Development In Africa: Issues,Options and Opportunities In The 21st Century”.

According to Fajana,alance.

“Students should know that young people are the drivers of Africa’s economy and future. 

“With eleven million youths expected to enter Africa’s labour market every year for the next decade, now is the time for an urgent action to build and nurture the region’s human capital.

“Persistent challenges have occurred with regards to desirable performances in all dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” Fajana said.

He said that students, schools, employers, governments and professional bodies must play some roles in order to achieve sustainable development.

“Sustainable development has emerged as a planning tool at the global level. The United Nations crafted 17 SDGs as the veritable tool to equate development around the world.

“Human capital building plays a role that supports sustainable development. All stakeholders must faithfully and diligently accept their roles to secure the performances for all organisations.

“Also, more focus must be placed on review of curricula and the pedagogy, because currently adopted teaching methods are not very helpful in getting our students to build skills and confidence,” Fajana said.

Dr Bitrus Chinoko, Acting Director-General, Center for Management Development, Abuja, said that red that people must be educated and trained to acquire the right knowledge that would enhance sustainable development.


importance of human capital building could not be over-emphasised in the context of efforts to attain sustainable development.


“In the increasingly globalised economy, it is imperative that Nigeria begins to take deliberate and informed steps toward enhancing human capital building in other to drive sustainable development.

“To put Nigeria’s human capital development and sustainable development status in context, there is the need to compare her indices with select countries around the world,” he said.

In his remarks, Prof. Chuks Maduakwu, the Chairman of the conference, said that Nigeria was a great country with huge potential to achieve sustainable development.

He said that the country had yet to utilise the potential adequately  to achieve desired development.

“It is time for us to think on how to solve underdevelopment challenges and grow our nation,” he said.

Edited by Ijeoma Popoola

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