Africa: Let’s focus on sci & tech education – Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has said education in Africa should focus on science, technology and entrepreneurial development to help push for faster development of the continent...


Former President John Dramani Mahama has said education in Africa should focus on science, technology and entrepreneurial development to help push for faster development of the continent.

This, he explained, should not mean a neglect of the humanities and philosophical discourse, which are essential for the generation and exchange of ideas.

Speaking at the 23rd Convocation Lecture of the Lagos State University, Nigeria, Mr Mahama said: “African universities, as centres of excellence, must provide the generation of visionary leadership that is needed for the economic transformation of Africa.”

Mr Mahama, who chaired the lecture delivered by Nigeria’s Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on ‘Africa Centres of Excellence in African Universities: A Veritable Catalyst for Nation Building and Development’, also called for academic autonomy for African universities if they are to serve as centres of excellence.

Vice-President Osinbajo said the time has come for universities in Africa to be at the forefront of building research and collaborating to find lasting solutions to the myriad challenges confronting the continent.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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