Entrepreneurial education and national reconstruction in Nigeria: Critical issues of sustainable development in an emergent African polity
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The state of education in Nigeria is describable as perilous. It is indeed, characterized by an unnecessary capitalist tendency. Yet, education is central to the progressive advancement of every civilization. In the Nigerian state, it has therefore been a scenario of a nation hoisted on monumental promises. These promises have however remained hanging on seemingly developmental mirages. The nation-state of Nigeria is accordingly depictable as a nation of destroyed promises. Consequently, the notion of destruction introduces the necessity for reconstruction. In this study, reconstruction translates to national reconstruction. We therefore argue in the study that national reconstruction in Nigeria truly necessitates the placement of education on a national emergency scale. We argue that the present attitude of Nigerian leaders towards education is highly pretentious. We have demonstrated with secondary sources of data that such attitudes inhibit the necessity for national reconstruction. We have attempted in the study to identify the critical elements of the pretension that characterize the core values of educational planning and administration in the country. Among the most salient positions of the study is that unbridled capitalism is dangerous to education for national reconstruction. This study has also led to the conclusion that weak intervention by the state in education is as needless as non-intervention by the state. To realize the objective of education for national reconstruction, the study has recommended strong and decisive state intervention at all level of the educational system in the country. Above all, the study recommends that entrepreneurial education becomes the cornerstone of the philosophy of education in this emergent African polity.
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