By Elizabeth Uwandu
PROFESSOR Olumide Longe, Dean, Students Affairs, Caleb University as said that the education curriculum needed to be revamped as it largely afforded graduates opportunities to be seekers of white collar jobs rather be self reliance.
He made this known at a one day academic summit tagged, “Journey towards academic excellence: our story,” convened by Kayode Oshinubi and hosted by Foursquare Church, Ikorodu branch.
Prof. Longe who was the keynote speaker called on students to tap into the opportunities recession has provided by understanding the patterns to success and by being needs solvers.
His words, “The need for students to understand patterns and relationship is very important. There is a pattern for success as the days of accidental success are over. Formerly we were told that economics is a social science that studies human relations in relation with ends and scare resources which have alternative uses.
“Now economics is a social science that studies human relationships between ends and abundance means which have alternative uses. The means are unlimited and students have avail themselves of them in this recession.”
Speaking on the motive for the summit, the convener, Oshinubi said the need to make the best brains to provide solutions to myriad of problems that face the country propelled the summit .
“The reason for this summit is to educate our students on the need not to excel in academics alone but to also impact in their societies. We have a lot of best brains from the universities yet their impacts are not felt. We want youths that would be solution creators to the myriad of problems that besiege the country,” the young scholar noted.
The special guest, Rev. Dr Mrs Adeyemo, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship, Caleb University, tasked Nigerian youths to be focused and to emulate the America curriculum where their youths are prepared vocational skills and profession expertise.
Her words, “In America, the youths there are taught to major in a profession and at the same time encouraged to have vocational skills so that when they come out from the university, they are complete as they can use their brains and brawl to make ends meet.
“My advice is that universities should start to implement the Nigeria Universities Commission, NUC, directive of including entrepreneurial studies in their curriculum. This would make a lot of graduates to be employers of labour and not necessarily be at the receiving end.”