International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

THE TERTIARY EDUCATION ELEMENT IN NATION-BUILDING IN NIGERIA 1971 – 2009
DR. LATEEF A. ADENIRAN

Abstract
Hitherto, the preoccupation of scholars has been on harnessing raw materials to stimulate national development. Experience has proved this approach to be deficient. Current trend in development thinking shows that rather than the abundance of natural resources, the decisive factor is the quality of people. Thus, investment in human capital is seen as best investment. This paper, while using Nigeria as a reference point, cites the example of a number of countries to buttress this fact. Consequently, the focus of this paper has been on the establishment of higher educational institutions to impart knowledge and sharpen skills, thereby adding value to human resource, which could be channeled towards the transformation of the nation. The question now is, how has Nigeria fared, given the phenomenal expansion of educational institutions, as well as series of on-the-job training programmes?

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