NITAD advises FG on policy formulation

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The President, Nigeria Institute of Training and Development, Dr. Kayode Oluwagbuyi, has called on the Federal Government to involve relevant stakeholders in its policy formulation and implementation.

Speaking at the 2016 Fellows Gathering and investiture of new fellows that held in Lagos on Friday, Oluwagbayi said the decision of the government to include skills acquisition programme in school curriculum was a good one, but that the plan would have recorded appreciable impact if the institute was carried along.

He said, “If you want to train students to imbibe some skills in them, have you trained the trainers? That is what we call training the trainers. Those who would train these students need to be properly trained and guided, and that is where an institute like ours comes in.

“The inability of the programme to make significant impact might not be unconnected with the fact that relevant stakeholders were not involved. For example, the institute has members who are curriculum developers, content developers, facilitators and those who are specialists in presentation.

“It is important that we put round peg in a round hole to achieve the desired result. Also, there should be a database of the skills available and what is required so as to avoid teaching the wrong skills.”

At the event, 12 new members were inducted as Fellows of the institute. They include Dr. Olufemi Akintayo, Mr. Olusegun Mojeed, Prof. Gbade Sote, Mr. Gilbert Oguntuyi, Mrs. Foluso Samuel and Mr. Ajibade Peters. Others are Mr. Francis Oluseyi, Prof. Folorunso Farotimi, Mr. John Imokhai, Mr. Olumide Ajomale and Mr. Ebube Otti.

The guest speaker, Mr. Sunday Adeyemi, who is the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, spoke on “The Role of Fellows in a Professional Institute.”

He stressed the need for the newly inducted Fellows to be worthy ambassadors of the institute.

Earlier, the second vice-president of the institute, Mrs. Janet Jolaoso, called on the National Assembly to expedite actions on the passing into law the enabling act establishing the institute.

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