20/11/2010 12:22

MAKE NIGERIAN GRADUATES EMPLOYABLE, JONATHAN URGES VCS

President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Nigerian vice-chancellors to evolve a curriculum, which will equip Nigerian graduates with employable skills, even as he restated the resolve of his administration to make elections in the country free and fair.

The President stated this in Ibadan on Friday during the 62nd Foundation Day and convocation of the University of Ibadan. He said the evolution of a pragmatic curriculum was necessary to reduce the incidence of youth unemployment in the country.

He reassured Nigerians of his administration’s commitment to a free and fair election in 2011. He said, “Our recent experiences have clearly shown that the survival of democracy in our country, as it is in almost all other countries, hinges on free and fair elections and I see no reason why Nigeria should be an exception. We’re determined to make it work this time around and I sincerely believe that we can achieve it.”

Represented by the Minister of State for Education, Kenneth Gbagi, Jonathan said there was an urgent need to integrate theory and practice in the university curriculum in order to stimulate entrepreneurial spirit in graduates.

Jonathan restated his administration’s resolve to make the nation’s economy one of the world’s best 20 by 2020, adding that this was achievable through science, technology and innovation.

According to the President, science and technology were vital to the stimulation of human capital and skills to transformNigeria’s economy.                                                                                                                                                                 Dr. Goodluck Jonathan

He charged tertiary institutions to produce the human capital that could effectively compete in today’s globalised      economy with the entrepreneurial skills for job creation to alleviate the present high level of graduate unemployment, and underdevelopment in the country.

Jonathan enjoined all stakeholders in the political process to rededicate themselves towards the realisation of credible elections, reminding that it was the responsibility of all Nigerians to ensure that things worked out this time around.

The outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olufemi Bamiro, said UI had a great potential by virtue of academic manpower and facilities to provide the required human capital for the national university system and the national economy.

Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, announced the lifting of ban on student unionism in the institution, but warned that such must not be construed as an invitation to lawlessness, chaos and anarchy.

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