THE CHALLENGES OF PROMOTING REGIONAL SECURITY IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: THE FRENCH LANGUAGE PERSPECTIVES

More significant in its glowing achievements is the Association’s envisaged concerns with the state of the teaching of French in our universities, and most especially with the associated problems of filling their admission quotas with qualified candidates, the imperative need to upgrade the degree curriculum to make our products more marketable, and to also respond to global best practices in the correspondence of our French degree curriculum development to the needs of our country. This is with particular reference to the suitability, adequacy and knowledge-coverage that shall conveniently provide trained and competent manpower for the needs of Nigerians who can compete favourably with French graduates from foreign universities in knowledge, multi-task resilience and compliance with the exigencies of the knowledge-based economy that is the heartbeat of the economic development and orientation of every country.  UFTAN as well as individual universities and departments, in conjunction with the NUC, must have been concerned with producing French graduates who are appointable to positions in relevant government ministries and parastatals as well as in multinational companies and international organisations,

The need to review the curriculum of our French degree programme must no doubt have been UFTAN’s patriotic response to the national objective of relying on Nigerian universities to provide middle/senior manpower to competently man the country’s development, administration and economic emancipation as well as our multilingual, diplomatic and inter-governmental services. Not left out would have been the concern for ensuring that our graduates prove equally relevant in manning critical positions in the private sector as well as being adequately equipped to be self-employed.

The above-mentioned concerns must have been receiving the passionate attention of our Association and our individual universities in the context of the employment glut resulting from the doom that afflicted the Nigerian economy for more than a decade, and that made the performance and the visibility of our French graduates in the labour market abysmally bleak.

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