Professor Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi, the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the Kwara State University (KWASU) at the weekend declared that it is pointless for universities in the country to graduate first class students who have no additional job skills.
This was disclosed by the Prof. Akanbi while speaking on the premise of the recent data released by the National Bureau of Statistics that 21.7 million Nigerians are unemployed.
Prof. Akanbi said university graduates should have additional skills in order to be self-reliant instead of job seekers after graduation.
To him, it is, therefore, a waste for a first-class graduate not to have additional skills that will stand him out; but start to look for a job that wasn’t available two and three years after graduation.
The Vice-Chancellor, who is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) pointed out that in order to provide a solution to the jobless situation many Nigeria youths found themselves after graduation, KWASU has decided to make it a norm to produce graduates that are readily engaged in one job-enabling Skills/trade or the other before and after graduation.
Prof. Akanbi stated this in a chat with newsmen in Abuja, after he led the management team of the institution on a working visit to some select government agencies in Abuja to mobilise support for the University.