Lagos — An expert in digital technology, Dele Agbeyo, has called for the deployment of modern learning technological devices and facilities in tertiary institutions to enhance standard of learning in line with global best practices.
Stressing that Nigeria and Nigerian youths must not be left out of the global trend in learning, he submitted that this has become necessary to enable the country and its teaming youthful population flow in line with the world's single global economy.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos, the Managing Director of Learning System International Limited in a chat explained that there is need for institutions of learning to invest significantly in the teaching and mastery of rapid advancements in science and technology
"As globalisation, mobility and telecommunication are bringing the world closer together into a single global economy, it is important for such global citizens to be competent in other languages apart from the mother tongue," he said.
Emphasising the need for tertiary institutions to have language laboratories, he said National Universities Commission (NUC) has made it mandatory that institutions should own a standard language laboratory as precondition for accreditation of languages related courses, communication arts and mass communication.
He stressed that it is important for Nigerians to learn other languages so as to increase global understanding, improved employment potentials, and expand opportunities to study abroad.
Lamenting the non-compliance of this directive by tertiary institutions, he added that such defiance of the regulatory authority is not good for the future of Nigerian undergraduates especially in the field of communication arts.
He suggested that production of local languages like the Yoruba course ware can be made available to foreign countries like the Brazilian and Cuba that have shown considerable interest in the dialect, adding that such can increase the revenue of institutions.
"We have the European, Chinese and India civilizations so they are saying the next civilization will be African civilization by trying to learn African languages, our culture and our tradition," he said.
According to him some of the institutions that have benefitted from their services include; ObafemiAwolowo University (OAU) Ile Ife, Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU), IkejiArakeji, Elizade University (EU), Ondo State and OlabisiOnabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State among others.
However, he commended the initiative of the Federal Government in the establishment of Tertiary Education Trust fund (TETfund); he noted that the fund has helped in the establishment of the language laboratory in some government institutions.