Vision 2020: Nigeria Needs More Science Graduates – FG

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The Permanent Secretary, Management Development Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Steven Olukorede Willoughby, has urged all institutions of higher learning in the country to boost the output of science-oriented graduates, adding that it is the only way the country can attain her vision 2020.

Mr. Willoughby, who was on a familiarization visit to the Administrative Staff  College of Nigeria (ASCON), Tofo Badagry recently, hinted that the Federal Government was beaming its searchlight on the college and other federal-owned training institutions.

He noted that the idea is to assist the country in building a critical mass of skill and labour that will aid her improve in terms of development in every facet of the economy.

“We ‘ve been talking of training in Nigeria, but we cannot just talk about it by mouth; we have to put in place structures for achieving those goals and this is where ASCON comes in”, he said.

ASCON Director-General, Mr. Peter Ajibade, explained that ASCON ought to be transformed in order to meet the challenges of human resource management in the 21st century, saying that it will ensure that it attains the highest possible competitive edge as a first choice  management institution not only in the West-Africa sub-region but also in Africa.

The Tide On Sunday learnt that the college has existed for nearly four decades and has in line with its vision of being a world class management development institute.

Mr. Ajibade identified one of the major challenges of the college as ageing infrastructure among others.

According to him, there is inadequate accommodation for participants as the college often times secure accommodation outside  the premises at a higher cost.