Technical and Vocational Education and Training As a Mechanism for Sustainable Development in Nigeria: Potentials, Challenges and Policy Prescriptions
VTE English Edition - VTE English Edition NO.1, 2013

By Ladipo, M. K., Akhuemonkhan, I. A. and Raimi, L.

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the prospect of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) as a mechanism for sustainable development in Nigeria. The methodology is analytical and discursive, drawing theoretical grounding from human capital theory (HCT). The required data were extracted from institutional publications and policy documents on TVET. These data were subjected to content analysis from which facts, presumptions and conclusions were drawn to support the investigation. The paper explicates that adoption of TVET in Nigeria is imperative because of its potentials for poverty reduction, economic recovery and sustainable development. This paper also unveils the potentials of TVET for solving unemployment and other social ills. It further argues that human capital development is critical to technical progress, social development and stimulation of culture of self-reliance, skills acquisition and self-employment. For the realization of the inherent potentials of TVET, the policymakers in the Nigerian polytechnic sector need to fortify the programme with adequate financial resources, manpower resources, state-of-the art teaching resources and sincere commitments from the three levels of government in order to make TVET a national strategy. The paper contributes to the raging debates on promotion of TVET in developing nations as stimulant for technological progress and sustainable development.(Annex