Most Nigerians are often caught up in the euphoria of travelling outside the shores of the country to obtain one form of training or the other.
Upon graduation, the next port of call for an average Nigerian student is to further their education abroad.
People who obtained more than one degree from Nigerian institutions are often considered as awkward because people think that the quest to seek further studies should be innate.
Most times, it is the notion that the education system in Nigeria has nothing serious to offer that drive people into looking outside.
They hardly put certain things into consideration and just jump at any given opportunity to make the dreams come true.
Some may not get any better in the end but the fact that they have an international certification makes all the difference.
A recent statistics by the Centre for Management Development has revealed that Nigeria spends at least $1 billion on overseas trainings, yet people complain ceaselessly of economic recession.
The Director-General of the centre, Dr. Kabir Usman said: “At least not less than 200,000 Nigerians go for overseas training.
“In each of them, you don’t spend less than $10,000 because you have to pay for the DTA, you have to pay for the air ticket, and you have to pay for the school fees.
“If you look at this, definitely it is not going to be less than $10,000.
Let’s just assume that it’s not $10,000 dollars, but $5,000 dollars, and if there are only 200,000 Nigerians out of 186 million population now, you will see that 200,000 is a drop in the ocean.
If you multiply $5,000 dollars by 200,000 that is going to give you one billion dollars, so we spend about $1 billion for overseas training.
“If you translate that on an exchange rate of N300 per dollar, we are talking of about N300 billion.
He said at the end of 2014, there was a directive from the Office of the Head of Service, in conjunction with Secretary to the Government to domesticate and localise training.
This would have made sense because of the possible positive impact on the dwindling economy of the country.
According to Usman, the local content agenda was in terms of capacity application and whether Nigeria achieved the objective of the agenda was out of the question.
If Nigerians should think outside the box and realize that domesticating one percent of the N300 billion spent on overseas training, the menace of unemployment would be brought to the barest minimum.
More youths will be getting jobs and with time, the country of our dreams will be actualized.
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