By Ola Ajayi
AKURE—PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, weekend, expressed concern over the quality of graduates being produced in the nation’s tertiary institutions and blamed rising youth unemployment in the country on the problem.
According to him, major part of the problems facing the nation would have been solved if the quality of graduates from Nigerian higher institutions was improved upon.
He spoke through the Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Mohammed Abubakar, in Akure at the combined 21st and 22nd convocation of the Federal University of Technology.
The President, however, assured that the Federal Government was committed to addressing the embarrassing development in order to save the country’s educational system, the future of its youths and the nation’s development.
President Jonathan noted that “many graduates who managed to secure employment in industries are sometimes considered unfit because of the quality of value they are adding to their responsibilities, due to the poor education they acquired from their schools.
” He challenged tertiary institutions in the country to rededicate themselves to producing graduates that would be competitive and of comparable standard to other graduates across the World, saying “Government on its part, will address the issue so as to engage gainfully, our youth in productive activities.”
Jonathan said apart from the Special Programme for youth in the Niger Delta area, the federal government had opened avenues for opportunities in several sectors of the economy.
He noted that each university in the country had been directed through the National Universities Commission, to package “a programme that every student offers compulsory course entrepreneurial studies before they graduate.”
Speaking, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Adebisi Balogun, said 2, 864 former students of the institution graduated with various degrees during the combined convocation, with 33 awarded First Class, 818 got Second Class Upper, 1, 319 got Second Class Lower, 621 had third class while 73 graduated with Pass.
The Vice Chancellor said that the university produced 73 Ph.D graduates, 908 Master Degree, 1,257 Post Graduate Diploma and 444 Diploma during the combined convocation.