President and Chairman of Council, Nigeria Institute of Management (Chartered), Dr. Nelson Uwaga has said that a new and different skill set was required for excellent performance in government and business positions.
Uwaga said the relevant skills were beyond the routine cognitive and manual tasks and had extended to non-routine analytic and interactive tasks.
Articulating this views in a paper he presented at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, the management expert noted that the current requirement for leadership positions should fuel creativity, innovation and adaptability at all levels of organizational management, adding that the achievement gap in wage, performance and productivity among people with only basic competencies and those with rising high-skill high-wage advantage was growing by the day.
According to him, the higher levels of cognitive skill – critical thinking and problem-solving skills at national levels played a major role in explaining international differences in economic growth.
“There is also an emergence of a new and different skill set for performance in government and business – beyond the routine cognitive and manual tasks, to nonroutine analytic and interactive tasks.
The new thrust in public education must raise a workforce that is skilled, creative and nimble the hallmarks of competitive, high-growth and emerging industries.” Uwaga said.
He noted over the years that funding for education was inadequate, adding the neglect was evident in the paltry pay to teachers and lecturers, poor maintenance of academic infrastructure and the disappearance of vocational schools, and limited skilled work force.

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