Assessment of Economic Opportunities Available to Vocational and Technical Education Programmes for Sustainable Local Content Policy in The Oil and Gas Sector in Bayelsa State Nigeria (Published)
The study assessed economic opportunities available to vocational and technical education programmes for sustainable local content policy in the oil and gas sector in Bayelsa State, Nigeria. A descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. Two (2) research objectives were formulated to guide the study. The population of the study comprised of all stakeholders in vocational and technical education and oil and gas sector in Bayelsa State. A sample of 230 respondents (180 lecturers from the vocational and technical education in the three tertiary institutions in Bayelsa State and 50 staff of Nigerian Content Monitoring and Development Board from the corporate headquarters). The instrument for data collection was an “Assessment of Economic Opportunities Available to Vocational and Technical Education Programmes Questionnaire” which was developed by researchers and validated by experts. The reliability of the instrument was established using Cronbach Alpha Formula and a coefficient of 0.87 was obtained. The research questions were answered using mean and standard deviation via Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) version 26. The findings revealed that lack of adequate local skills and expertise, Limited access to financing for local businesses, insufficient support and incentives for local businesses, limited infrastructure (power, transportation, etc.), poor enforcement of the policy regulations, insufficient efforts to provide training and capacity building programs to enhance local skills and capabilities, lack of information about available opportunities, limited access to networks or partnerships with larger corporations, stringent qualification criteria and regulatory and bureaucratic hurdles are major the challenges inhibiting the implementation of Local content policy in Bayelsa State. It was recommended that The Nigeria Content Monitoring and Development Board should continue to sponsor vocational and technical based programmes that will create the required awareness on the need for indigenous domination of the Oil and Gas Industry.
Women Educational Empowerment and Sustainable Political Development of Nigeria: Akwa Ibom State in Perspective (Published)
The study examined women educational empowerment and the sustainable political development of Nigeria. The population consisted of female lecturers from three higher educational institutions in Akwa Ibom State. These include the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State University, Ikot Akpaden; and Akwa Ibom State College of Education, Afana Nsit.The cluster sampling technique was used in selecting a sample of 235 respondents out of a population of 2,351 targeted respondents.Two null hypotheses were formulated, based on the specific objectives of the study and tested at the .05 alpha level using Pearson Product Moment Correlation Analysis. Data collection was done with the use of a structured instrument, “Women Empowerment and Sustainable Political Development Questionnaire” (WESPDQ), which was duly validated by experts. The WESPDQ was tested for reliability using the Cronbach alpha approach, with a coefficient of .78 indicating that the instrument was internally consistent. Findings indicated a significant relationship between the two independent variables and the dependent variable respectively. It was, therefore, concluded that women educational empowerment has a significant relationship with the sustainable political development of Nigeria. It was recommended, among other things, that government at all levels (federal, state and local) should formulate policies that seek to empower women educationally to facilitate sustainable political development of the country.
The paper focuses on entrepreneurship education as a mechanism for achieving sustainable development in Nigeria. The following terms were clearly discussed namely the entrepreneur, characteristics, the theories of entrepreneurship were also stated including the challenges of entrepreneurship education which includes students orientation, what to teach, how to teach and who to teach as well as the possible solutions to be adopted. This research identifies that although some strategies emphasis on entrepreneurship skills there is dire requirement for a comprehensive orientation of institutions with the sole aim of improving the entrepreneurship mentality of the youths. The aftermath of this is the generation of employment, increased output through innovations, efficient utilization of available resources and the facilitation in the transfer of technological advancement to mention a few have been identified as the contributions of Entrepreneurship to the development of a country. Based on these propositions as well other discourses a number of recommendations were suggested which includes; a call for stakeholders to recommit themselves towards development of entrepreneurship through the provision of adequate resources for teaching as well as well-equipped empowerment development centers. The paper emphasis that based on the shared responsibilities for entrepreneurship development it can be employed as a viable tool for sustainable development in Nigeria.
Challenges to Sustainable Human Capital Development in Nigerian Society: Christian Moral Education Responses (Published)
The study adopted public opinion survey design to investigate challenges to human capital development in Nigerian Society: Christian Moral education response. A sample of three hundred (300) were drawn from the entire population of (508) CRS teachers in South-east geopolitical Zone of Nigeria using accidental sampling technique. A 26 items self developed, questionnaire were used to illicit information from respondents. Two research questions guided the study. The data were analyzed using mean. It was found that: poor understanding of fundamental doctrine of human progression, lack of proper moral formation, man’s non conformity to the law of nature/creation, illiteracy due to poor education, poor management of nature resources, health challenges, high population growth due to poor birth control and sexual abuses and so on constitute challenges to human capital development. The study also revealed that adequate teaching of Christian moral education will inculcate good moral behaviour in the young people, as well as creating in them good understanding of fundamental doctrine of human progression which are the basis of human development. Based on the above finding recommendations were made on improving human capital development in Nigeria
Functional Vocational and Technical Education Curriculum for Sustainable Youth Empowerment in Nigeria (Published)
This paper was designed to look at vocational and technical education curriculum. Vocational and technical education is a programme designed for sustainable youth empowerment in Nigeria. Vocational and technical education cannot be overemphasized for development and growth of the economy. The paper treated the topic under the following sub- headings: Technical and Vocational Education in Nigeria, Functional Vocational and Technical Curriculum Implementation, Factors Militating against Implementation of Functional Vocational and Technical Education in Nigeria, and Promoting Vocational and Technical Education Curriculum for Sustainable Youth Empowerment in Nigeria. The paper was concluded and recommendations were made to further improve on the vocational and technical education programme. Some of the recommendations are : Government should delegate inspectors from ministry of education or set-up an implementation committee that will advise government on better ways of monitoring, controlling and implementing the affairs of vocational and technical education programme