Don urges NUC to enforce teaching of Nigeria’s political history in varsities
Dr Emma Onah of University of Lagos has urged the National Universities Commission (NUC) to make Nigeria’s political history a compulsory course in the General Studies of universities for all undergraduates.
Onah, a lecturer of political science, told Newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos that the knowledge of Nigeria’s political history would aid the preparation of the undergraduates for future leadership roles in the country.
“Our current leaders should be concerned with preparing young Nigerians mentally, intellectually and morally for the leadership of our country in their early life,’’ he said.
He particularly underscored the need for undergraduates to be prepared for the political leadership of the country via their studies so as to inculcate in them the spirit of service to the country.
Onah stressed that the knowledge of the political history of Nigeria was vital in efforts to guard against the repeat of past mistakes in the country’s governance processes in the future.
“The NUC should make the political history of Nigeria a compulsory General Studies course.
“This will facilitate efforts to prepare the undergraduates for future leadership positions in the nation
“It will also aid the younger generation to think out of the box to provide plausible solutions to emerging socio-political problems of our country.
“For instance, the problem of ethnicity in Nigeria can only be tackled in a pragmatic way if the younger generation understands how the glitch has fractured our country, while causing its underdevelopment,’’ he said.
Onah also advised the current political leaders of the country to be concerned with leadership succession issues, saying: “If care is not taken, we may not have credible brains that can govern our country well in the nearest future.’’
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