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KWASU VC prescribes skills acquisition, entrepreneurship for graduates

By Ibe Wada

In a bid to reduce unemployment statistics in the country, Kwara State University Vice-Chancellor, Prof.  Muhammed Akanbi, has advised graduates across the nation to embrace skills acquisition and entrepreneurship programmes to become self-reliance and employer of labour.

He explained that by embracing job-enabling skills and entrepreneurship, the graduates would be able to reduce unnecessary disappointments that might push them into crimes after job hunting with no luck.

Akanbi suggested that instead of searching for unavailable jobs, graduates could leverage on their intelligence and skills learnt by innovating and thereby turn themselves into armies of employers.

Speaking when he led the university’s management team on a visit to some selected government agencies in Abuja, Akanbi stressed that by embracing entrepreneurial programmes, unemployment statics would reduce from  21.76 million jobless Nigerians as more youths would be engaged in legitimate jobs.

”We encourage our students to engage in different entrepreneurship 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,”

”Our university is a university of community development and entrepreneurship. We have a center which is being rejigged and rejuvenated. It is now called the Centre for Vocational, Technical, and Entrepreneurship because we don’t want to teach entrepreneurship just in theory.

“Getting undergraduates involved in vocational learning and technical aspects for capacity building will in the nearest future contribute to the development and gross domestics income of the country thereby leading to development which will in turn bring investors for partnership and collaboration,” he said.

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