FG tasks varsities on quality graduates
September 29, 2012 17:05
Ilorin, Sept. 30, 2012 (NAN) The Federal Government on Saturday advised universities to evolve strategic plans that would make their products self-reliant after graduation.
The Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa’I, gave the advice at the 2nd convocation ceremony of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin.
Rufa’i said the increased rate of unemployment in Nigeria was worrisome and capable of causing a setback in the nation.
``There is a need for our universities to evolve a strategic plan that will make graduates sound in character and learning, and also self- reliant in order to contribute meaningfully to nation-building.
``The universities should desist from producing job seekers, but job creators; by doing so, they will give us university education that will be acceptable to all,’’ she said.
The minister, who was represented by Prof. Isha’q Oloyede, the vice chancellor of the University of Ilorin, urged universities not to compromise standard.
She said there was no distinction between government universities and privately-owned ones.
The pro-chancellor of the university, Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie, lauded the founder of the institution, Alhaji Abdur-Raheem Oladimeji, for his foresight and interest in the development of education.
Commassie urged wealthy individuals to invest in education to move the nation forward. (NAN)