By Demola Akinyemi,Ilorin
The Vice Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin in Kwara state, Prof Noah Yusuf has urged Nigerian graduates never to be idle but to find something meaningful to do at all cost, instead roaming around for job, saying that he hawked ,”Gaari” meaning Cassava flakes and typed projects for students, to make a living when he graduated.
Professor Noah speaking at a press conference in the school auditorium to herald the 11th Convocation ceremony of the institution urged graduates to find meaningful work that would earn them money to do, instead of walking around searching for jobs that do not exist.
He said “I will curse any of my graduates I come across and he or she tells me that he’s looking for job. There is no job anywhere now, graduates must find something meaningful to do all cost.
“Even during my own time, when I graduated I was making Gaari and hawking it, and also typing students projects to make a living. “
The university don also said that there should be less emphasis on certificate as means of appointing or electing people to political office, saying that it has failed the country because of the poor performance of our political leaders at all levels.
“There should be other criteria outside certificate to determine who gets to political office. For instance they should be asking for Certificate of Integrity since this issue of certificate hasn’t got us anywhere.”
He however said that Twenty-eight out of 1,079 graduands bag first class honours in the 11th convocation of the university slated for this Saturday.
Prof Yusuf also said that, apart from this, 282 students will receive second class upper division, 532 students second class lower division, Third class 97, Postgraduate 97 and 43 Diploma students.
Yusuf added that, the successful outings of the affected students was due to the availability of good lecturers that had distinguished themselves in their various disciplines.
He stressed that, the commitment of the students to their academic pursuits have also served as impetus to the outstanding performances of the affected students during the year under review.
The vice chancellor noted further that, ” I am equally pleased to inform you that since last year that we were here for this same purpose, the University has continued to record notable achievements.
“Perhaps, the most important of these feats was the successful accreditation of 22 academic programmes by the NUC and the interms status for another year.
“If we remember the effects of Covid-19 on all aspects of our lives in 2020, the significance of the accreditation would be understandable and thus the university now runs over 100 academic programmes both at undergraduates, postgraduate and diploma levels.
“Worthy of mention for record purposes is the increase in the number of students. I am humbled to inform you that, for the first time in recent years, the numbers of 2020/2021 admissions of 1,287 surpassed the projection just as the number of graduands of 1,079 who will receive their degree certificates in various classes is higher than previous years”.
The vice chancellor who said that, the University always rely on the tuition fees of the students to survive appealed to wealthy individuals in the society to rise to support the institution so as to meet the targeted programmes of the institution.
Yusuf also said that, the governing council of the institution have set out five year strategic plans for the university so as to add more values to the academic excellence of the students.