President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Universities and other higher institutions of learning in the country to focus attention more on research and development.
Buhari made the call in Ilorin on Tuesday in an address delivered on his behalf at the 34th Convocation ceremony of the University of Ilorin.
The President was represented by the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof Abdulrasheed Abubakar, while
his speech was delivered Mr Noel, Director, Quality Assurance at the Commission.
According to Buhari, no nation can be developed without research and innovation.
He also advised universities to shift attention from quest for academic to research that could add value to the growth and development of the country.
Buhari commended the university authority for coming up with 15 patents out of which six were done by its Vice-Chancellor.
Buhari also advised NUC to examine the content of education in Nigeria, with a view to redesigning it to focus more on Science and Technology.
He also tasked NUC to include Entrepreneurial Education in the curriculum of universities to make graduates job creators and not job seekers.
The president added that no nation could provide government jobs for all its graduates, hence the need for graduates to look inward.
Buhari admonished Nigerian youths not to be used as agents of destruction, violence and other social vices “as the 2019 general elections draw nearer.“
He promised that his administration would continue to ensure that appropriate measures were be put in place for Nigerian youths to develop their potential to the fullest.
Buhari explained that the development of the country was on Nigerian youths, hence the need for collaborative efforts to savage the country.
He also promised that his government would continue to ensure a conducive atmosphere to engage the youth on productive and meaningful ventures toward sustaining the nation economy.
Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara said the state government would continue to support the institution to promote university education in the country.
Ahmed added that the University remained one of the first choices of students seeking higher education in the country.
Newsmen report that more than 12,108 students graduated at the occasion with 103 of them making first class and 2,553 in second class upper.
According t o the Senate of the university, 5,750 made second class lower, 1,660 in third class, 36 made pass, and also graduated 1,287 Masters and 236 Phds.