Counselling in Nigeria

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COUNSELLING IN NIGERIA: AN OVERVIEW

BY

C.N. UGWUEGBULAM, Ph.D., JP.
ALVAN IKOKU COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, OWERRI – IMO STATE, NIGERIA

AND

CUUU KADURUMBA (Ph.D.)
COLLEGE OF FOOD PROCESSING AND STORAGE TECHNOLOGY, MICHAEL
OKPARA UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE, UMUDIKE, ABIA STATE, NIGERIA
HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING IN NIGERIA

Man from pre-historic times have been having challenges and solving them. Nigerians in the traditional set-up before the advent of formalized guidance and counselling had problems and they were solving them through what Iwuama (1991, 2003) called traditional guidance. This is any type of assistance given to somebody in need. Their needs were personal, social, vocational or traditional education. The
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More counsellors from Harvard/USAID were later sent to assist Mr. Ree. In 1966, Njoku (2005) reported that Mr. P. O. Ree organized a workshop on guidance and counselling in which he presented a position paper on the role of a counsellor in a comprehensive school. Another recommendation that impacts in the development of guidance and counselling was the team’s other recommendation that organized and proper guidance and counselling is of fundamental importance. This led to the training of many Nigerian teachers in vocational guidance. Earlier in 1964, the Federal Ministry of Education organized the first government organised seminar on guidance and counselling and testing. This workshop was organised with a view to capacity build the career masters at that time. The Roman Catholic Mission established and managed a child guidance clinic. The Vocational Guidance Bureau was also opened in Lagos to organize workshops on guidance and counselling for teachers. Similarly, Njoku (2005) asserted that the development of organized guidance and counselling in Nigeria was to no lesser extent assisted by the establishment of the Test Development and Research Office (TEDRO) in 1963 by the Federal Ministry of Education. The office was charge with the responsibility of constructing and analysing psychometric instruments for general use as well as for counselling in school. In view of the above developments the 1977 National policy on Education for Nigeria made provision
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