The philosophy of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism is fashioned in accordance with the guidelines of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), the statutory body set up by the Federal Government to manage and control all matters relating to monotechnics and polytechnics. NBTE emphasizes that the national philosophy and objectives on education should be the framework within which all institutions must define their philosophy and general operational objectives.
The five main national objectives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which have been endorsed as the necessary foundation for the National Policy on Education (NPE) are:
a free and democratic society
a just and egalitarian society
a united, strong and self-reliant nation
a great and dynamic economy
a land of bright and full opportunities for all citizens
The country's philosophy on education is therefore based on the "integration of the individual into a sound and effective citizen and equal educational opportunities for all citizens of the nation at primary, secondary and tertiary levels both inside and outside the formal school system" (NPE Revised, 1981) section 1, Para 2). As emphasized by the Federal Government, for the philosophy to be in harmony with Nigeria's national objectives, it has to be geared towards self-realization, better human relatonship, individual and national efficiency, effective citizenship, national consciousness, national unity, as well as towards social, cultural, economic, political, scientific and technological progress (NPE Revised, 1981 section 1, Para 4). The national education aims and objectives to which the philosophy is linked include:
The inculcation of national consciousness and national unity.
The inculcation of the right types of values and attitudes for the survival of the individual and the Nigerial Society.
The training of the mind in the understanding of the world around
The acquisition of approppriate skills, abilities and competence both mentall and physical as equipment for the individual to live in and contribute to the development of the society