By Grace Fadahson, Abuja
A frontline not-for-profit organization and think-tank, African Heritage Institution (AfriHeritage) is organizing a one-week training program for University Lecturers called “Train the Trainers” (TTT) Workshop; it will be in the area of Econometrics for Policy Analysis, beginning from Monday 21st through Friday, 25th May 2018.
The training workshop which will take place at the office complex of the research Institution in Independence Layout, Enugu, is aimed at intellectually equipping lecturers in the various institutions of higher learning – the universities, with skills that will assist them to do their work. It is an up-to-date capacity building meant to improve the knowledge of these lecturers in the area of Econometrics and Policy Analysis, to enable them to make a more meaningful impact on their students.
In a press release signed by the Executive Director of AfriHeritage, Professor Okeke-Uzodike, the course is funded and the participants are not paying for it. “It is AfriHeritage’s Corporate Social Responsibility and a way of giving back to the society. This is because as a think-tank and an intellectually based institution, improving the quality of products of our universities is of utmost concern to us, hence the decision to train their trainers”.
According to Professor Okeke-Uzodike, participants are expected from the Economics and Agricultural Economics departments of Universities across the country, these include federal, state and private. As at the last count, a total of thirty universities have sent in their nominees and more are still being expected. The Executive Director also said recently, AfriHeritage held its intermittent program, the Big Ideas Podium which theme centered on the need to adequately develop higher education in Nigeria to enable graduates of Nigerian tertiary institutions to be employable not just in Nigeria, but globally. “The outcome of that public policy analysis and interactive program (the BIP) was great and one of the observations was that lecturers and those who teach the students must be up-to-date in their own knowledge.
Throwing more light on the workshop, the coordinator of the program, Dr. Nathaniel Urama said the resource persons include Dr. Afeez, who is a senior research fellow at the Center for Econometrics and Allied Research, University of Ibadan; and Dr. Urama, himself who is the Director of Applied Economics Research, AfriHeritage. According to him, Economics is a dynamic subject that has gradually moved away from theoretical and graphical method to quantitative models and approach, and most of our professors are only grounded in the former method, there is, therefore, need to update the knowledge of the lecturers on the current issues.