Vice-chancellor, Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete Prof. Muhammed Akanbi, has urged students to acquire job enabling skills.
The Vice-chancellor said this while leading the management team of the institution on a working visit to some select government agencies in Abuja to mobilise support for the university.
Reacting to a recent report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) that about 21.7 million Nigerians are unemployed, Akanbi said, “It does not make sense for universities to produce first-class graduates without job- enabling skills.”
He said the university has decided to make it a norm to produce graduates that are already engaged in one job-enabling skills/trade or the other, adding that the institution’s centre for entrepreneurship will soon roll out academic programmes that will expose students to state-of-the-art skills in computing and foreign languages to prepare them for the 21st century’s challenges.
“Our university is a university of community development and entrepreneurship. We get our students involved in vocational things and technical aspects. We encourage our students to engage in different entrepreneurial skills, acquire, hold, and consider all certificates important. It does not make any sense if you are a first-class student and you are looking for a job. And I mean First class in any programme,” he said.