Relevance of Adult Education to the Yar’adua’s Seven Point Agenda in Nigeria

By Sydney Nwanakponna Osuji.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Nigeria is a country blessed with numerous natural resources. With these endowments, Nigeria has strong potentials for growth. Unfortunately, Nigeria has not been able to realise these potentials due to bad leadership and mismanagement. The re-institution of democracy in Nigeria in 1999 has ignited a fire for development and Nigeria setting the goal to become one of the 20 largest economies in the world by 2020 encapsulated as vision 2020. However, the current administration, under the leadership of President Umaru Yar’adua, inaugurated in 2007 has laid down a Seven Point Agenda to reform and enhance development in Nigeria. No meaningful development is achieved without the active participation of both young and old. Also, education of the citizens is a veritable force towards achieving development. In addition, adult education (as a form of education)has been described as a tool that can foster development. This paper makes effort to reflect on the role of adult education towards the achievement of the reform agenda.

Keywords: Adult Education, Development, Nigeria

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 11, pp.101-112. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.146MB).

Dr. Sydney Nwanakponna Osuji

Reader, Department of Continuing Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria

Dr. Sydney Nwanakponna OSUJI attended University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria, where he got a B.Ed/ Religious Studies in 1975 and later a Ph.D (Adult Education) in 1981. He is a Reader in the Department of Continuing Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria, where he has been lecturing after his Ph.D in 1981. His research focus is History and Philosophy of Adult Education, Curriculum Studies and Community Development.

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