The Indigenization Policy and Educational Advancement in Nigeria

By Roseline Emeh Uyanga.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The paper addresses the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as it relates to indigeneity, discrimination and educational advancement in Nigeria. Reference is made to specific sections of the constitution that address freedom of movement, discrimination and the right to equal opportunities for Nigerian citizens. The paper discusses the concept of crisis and national development with particular reference to the effect of exclusion and national injustice on educational advancement in Nigeria. It specifically delves into indigeneity as a dysfunctional policy which has caused fragmentation, disintegration and disunity in Nigeria. Illustrations are made particularly with states in northern Nigeria where the problem is more pronounced, and where a huge educational gap has been created owing to the indigene versus non indigene dichotomy. The Paper recommends that efforts should be geared towards a holistic integration of Nigerians, if national development through education must be a reality.

Keywords: Politics of Education, Indigenisation and Exclusion, National Development

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 6, pp.199-212. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 623.331KB).

Prof. Roseline Emeh Uyanga

University Professor, Department of Science Education, School of Technology and Science Education, Federal University of Technology, Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria

Female Nigerian, holds a B.Sc (Educ.) degree and a Ph.D in Education Administration and Planning. Has had 20 years of Post Doctoral experience in tertiary institutions, held several administrative positions, Headship of Dept. Deanship of Faculty and Coordinatorship of Academic Units. Member of University Senate and several professional organisations like Nigerian Association of University Women, and affiliate of the International Federation of University Women, President (1991-1995) Yola Branch; Nigerian Association for Education Administration and Planning; Curriculum Organisation of Nigeria; Nigerian Institute of Management Chartered etc. Teaches Biology and some education courses including History and Philosophy of Nigerian Education, Comparative Education, Contemporary Issues in Education, Educational Administration, Politics of Education, etc. Published extensively on Education, Science teaching, Women in Education, Science and Technology. Other studies on Women include widowhood in African Societies and gender stereotyping as it affects women education in Nigeria – both being papers presented at College Language Association Conferences held in New Orleans and Washington D.C., 2001 and 2003 respectively. Accredited with 4 textbooks, 38 journal articles and 40 conference papers. Widely travelled in the USA and Africa.

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