The Federal Government has been enjoined to mandate the use of business simulations in Business Faculties of Universities and Polytechnics to help tertiary schools in Nigeria to use modern teaching simulation technologies to produce better quality graduates.
The CEO of Iris Consulting and Founder, African Institute of Business Simulations (AIBS), Richard Obire, gave the charge during the commissioning ceremony of the Beloxxi Business Simulation Laboratory, an initiative of AIBS, at the Department of Business Administration, University of Lagos recently.
President Goodluck Jonathan, who was billed to unveil the lab, was represented by the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa'i. It was part of the activities marking the 50th anniversary/convocation of Unilag.
Obire said the BBS lab is historic as it is the first of its kind in any university in Nigeria. "My vision of the lab is to see the routine use of simulations for teaching and learning in all Nigerian universities and polytechnics. I want our youths to leave school after graduation as confident contributors to our economy so they can help themselves, their families and the greater community. I want our teachers in tertiary schools to have access to the most effective tool for teaching to make their work both productive and fun", he said.
According to him, "This vision needs the active support of the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Education. Support of the Ministries of Education of the states is also essential as all states own universities and Polytechnics.
"We need the strong policy support of the Federal Ministry of Education to mandate the use of business simulations in Business Faculties of universities and polytechnics. We also need the active partnership of key Federal Education Ministry MDAs especially the Tertiary Education Trust Fund and the National Universities Commission as well as the State Ministries of Education to actualise our vision for helping tertiary schools in Nigeria to use modern teaching simulation technologies to produce better quality graduates".
Obire equally thanked the sponsor of the project, Mr. Obi Ezeude, CEO of Beloxxi Industries for generously providing financial and other support for this pioneering initiative.
In his remark, Ezeude said the vision of the lab is to help integrate the students into the real world after graduation, where they stand on their own through entrepreneurship skills acquired to create jobs. "It is a cutting-edge technology lab where you stimulate your brain, where industrialists are trained", he said.
He said this is what obtains abroad and it will benefit both students and Nigeria as a whole, adding that the biggest problem in the country today is mass unemployment.
The lab is a 53-seater non-traditional classroom facility designed, furnished and equipped to afford students and lecturers of the faculty of Business Administration, Unilag a conducive environment to integrate business theory with practice using business simulations.
It features several facilities, including: flat-screen work stations, an electronic board integrated with the work stations, motorised projector screen, multimedia systems including video and audio, independent back up power systems, borehole, wired and wireless internet system for accessing the web based simulation software portals.