President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, December 21, said it is worrying that some employers of labour now describe Nigerian graduates as unemployable.
The Nigerian leader made the statement when speaking at the 31st convocation of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo state, The Cable reports.
The president who was represented by Suleiman Yusuf, the deputy executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), advised the universities to come up with measures in ensuring that their graduates are employable.
“In today’s globalised knowledge economy in which the wealth, strategic importance and ranking of any country in the comity of nations is determined largely by its knowledge economy index, my expectation is that our universities will use the instrumentality of their tripartite mandates of teaching, research and community engagement to launch Nigeria into an enviable position among nations of the world,” he said.
Buhari said his administration expects Nigerian universities to produce graduates with the requisite knowledge, competencies, and skills needed to make them active players in socio-economic and technological development.
The president stated that the uncomplimentary remarks by employers should prompt universities to teach and train students on the requisite knowledge, competencies, attitudes, and skills needed to promote economic development in the country.
Meanwhile, Joshua Olaoye, a professor of the department of agricultural and biosystems engineering, at the University of Ilorin has built a rice harvester to enhance rice production in Nigeria.
Olaoye disclosed on Thursday, December 19, he designed other products such as locust bean processing, melon shelling, cowpea threshing and sugarcane juice extracting machines.
The lecturer who made the disclosure in his paper at the 187th Inaugural Lecture of the University of Ilorin on said this was done to ensure large-scale food production in Nigeria, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.