A presidential candidate on the Action Peoples Party (APP) platform, Steve Arowolo, has promised to introduce a skills-based education system that will produce employable young people in the country.
Arowolo made the promise in an exclusive interview with CIRI in Abuja ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The interview was part of an advertising platform created by CIRI to support young and low-voiced politicians from all political parties in the country.
The aspirant highlighted the need to restructure the education sector by adding vocational skills to the curriculum to make young people more employable.
“We need a skills-based education system. Currently, our education system is paper-based and certificate-based. You have a degree, you have a degree and all that, that’s why our vision for the nation, one of them is to start thinking in terms of professional centers and institutes where people are trained in terms of skills relevant to today’s reality.
“These things are very important; we don’t want to talk about building more universities when current universities are suffering, when the infrastructure of our education system is crumbling. We need to look beyond that and think about how we can start producing employable young people in the current generation,” he said.
Arowolo also promised to strengthen the fight against corruption by building the capacity of anti-corruption agencies.
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The presidential aspirant also spoke of plans to adopt an e-governance system that will allow Nigerians to access information on government activities virtually.
He said, “That’s why our government is going to introduce what we call e-governance. E-governance is so important but the government has not embraced it and that is why in Nigeria today if you go to certain ministries be it federal ministries or state ministries , you cannot access it online. Many departments don’t even have websites.
“With e-governance, people can sit in the comfort of their homes and offices and access relevant information.”
Arowolo noted that e-governance will reduce the level of corruption in the public sector.
“It will lower the level of interpersonal relationships. You know the contact you have with people, that’s where money changes hands, that’s where corruption takes place, but e-governance can solve that problem to a large extent because people can operate virtually,” he added.