BY LAIDE AKINBOADE
ABUJA—In order to reduce the unemployment problem in the country, the Federal Government yesterday, revealed that it had made the study of entrepreneurship compulsory in universities and other institutions of higher learning.
Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, stated this while declaring open the 2014 Annual National Entrepreneurship Week, ANEW, and stakeholders’ sensitisation forum, organised by National Universities Commission, NUC, and Kaduna State University in Abuja.
According to him, this will discourage Nigerian graduates from craving for non-existent white-collar jobs.
He said this would help deal with the vexed issues of the low employability rating of Nigerian graduates and the general unemployment problems confronting the nation.
The Minister, who was represented by the Executive Secretary of the NUC, Professor Julius Okojie, said: “Government noted that if the global best practices must be adapted to Nigeria, entrepreneurship development must be institutionalised.
”Against this backdrop, the Federal Government in 2006 issued a Presidential directive through the Federal Ministry of Education making Entrepreneurship Education compulsory for all students of Higher Education Institutions with effect from the 2007/2008 academic session.”