Lack of training, development causes of education decay — NITAD President
The President and Chairman of Council, Nigerian Institute of Training and Development, NITAD, Dr. Kayode Ogungbuyi has heaped the decay in the education sector at the door step of lack of training and development on the part of key players. He said: “People do not take things serious that is why we are having the problems we have now in Nigeria. The decay in education, the decay in the health sector, the decay you see everywhere is because people do not take training and development seriously. Ogungbuyi who spoke with journalists during NITAD’s 14TH induction ceremony and AGM held at NECA House, Ikeja, Lagos said that personal commitment has to be made right.
According to him; “Uncle Sam was in Daily Times, he left to Punch then left to start Vanguard. Because he was full of something better to do than the others, that is why Vanguard is where it is today. Initially, there was no finance to start it, but he was able to attract the best to do what he is doing today. Until you find out what you can do better than the other person, you are nowhere.” Ogungbuyi who slamed parents that go about buying forms for their children in the university when they know they did not even pass JAMB, said that is the genesis of poor performance for students. He averred: “Parents are part of the problems in Nigeria. They go and buy admission slots for their children who did not pass JAMB; instead of them to sit the child down to study the subjects, they go and pay for someone to write exams for the child. When the child gets admitted on fake results, they become cultists that beat lecturers who fail to pass them.” Asked how can the government encourage the Body which has 24 members, 25 associates, 6 graduates and one affiliate said that they do not need government’s encouragement. He explained that if you are waiting for government to encourage you, you will not get anything done. His words: “How was Ebola controlled in Nigeria? People had already done what was needed before the government stepped in. Government did not even recognise some persons that gave their life to save Nigeria but gave some people who have been involved in one crime or the other national honours. So, it is for you and I to do what we need to do to get to where we want to get to. “In the next five years we would have doubled our numbers because we are getting our charter next year. Upon getting our charter our number will triple because people will take this field serious.”