Vocational and Technical Education: A Way Out of Economic Recession in Nigeria

Talabi Amos Olatunbosun, Adekanmbi John Ayodele, Omula Godwin Omula


The term economic recession is no longer a new phenomenon in the global world; it is a general slowdown in economic activities for two consecutive quarters. The focus of this paper is to illustrate how vocational and technical education serves as a way out the present economic recession in Nigeria. The paper reviews the concept of Vocational and Technical Education (VTE) and also emphasis were made on the understanding of economic recession. It identified both internal and external causes of recession in Nigeria. The paper articulated the vocational and technical education as panacea for the economic recession with emphases on how massive investment in VTE would bring out Nigeria from recession. Recommendations were made among which; Government officials, stakeholders and implementers of the present administration’s  N-POWER program to be transparent and also to  sustain and re-open subsidy reinvestment and empowerment program with all degree of sincerity and free of corruption. These components will help tackle the significant problem of unemployment by training the youth in vocational skills thereby equipping them with the tools for obtaining gainful employment which in turns reduce the negative effect of recession in Nigeria.

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