Unemployment: President Buhari orders review of University curriculum

President Muhammad Buhari has directed universities and other educational institutions in the country to begin to focus their curricular on the development of entrepreneurial skills of their students.

According to him, the need for schools to refocus curricular on entrepreneurship was to “generate in our citizens the spirit of creativity and entrepreneurship which will ultimately galvanize the drive towards self employment.”

The president, stated this at the 24th convocation of the University of Abuja, where a total of 10,331 students graduated in different fields and levels of study.

He said the objective of his government in its “renewed drive to reinvigorate the education sector is to generate in our citizens the spirit of creativity and entrepreneurship which will ultimate galvanize the drive towards self employment.”

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“In effect, our educational curriculum must focus on the development of entrepreneurial skills of the individuals which will ultimately impact greatly on efforts to generate employment and reduce the high rate of poverty which has been the main cause of the incidence of social deviance in the country,”

The president who was represented by the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, NUC,Prof. Abubakar Rasheed said,”Government had, in last four years, adopted short-term and long term approaches to tackling the problem of umeployment

 “These included the N-power Volunteer Programme, a stopgap measure aimed at tackling unemployment, under which a total of 500,000 unemployed graduates were engaged over a three-year period as a short-term approach while government will endeavor to provide more lasting economic measures in its fiscal policies that seek to reflate the economy and open up employment opportunities over the years,” he added.

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Earlier, in his speech, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja,Prof. Abdulrasheed Na’Allah, said the university produced a total of 26 first-class graduates among the 10,331 graduates that were enlisted for the convocation.

He also said 866 others made Second Class Upper in the grades awarded the graduates just as he said 2,317 others made Second Class Lower grade,with 339 making Third Class as well 52 others graduating with Pass results respectively.

Prof. Na’Allah disclosed that the University Senate has also approved 4-year Academic Calendar ahead as part of efforts to ensure stable and regular academic calendar such that students would be able to clear from when they come in the day to graduate.

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Na’Allah, however, appealed to the members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and other staff Unions to corporate with the University management to achieve this goal, saying grievances could be appropriately handled instead of the closedown of the school.

He said the university has strategised to strengthen the students to become solution providers for the nation, saying one of the major problems of Nigeria was unemployment and that there was the need to graduate students that are globally competitive.

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