President Goodluck Jonathan has advised Nigerian universities to evolve sustainable strategies for entrepreneurial development among the youths.
He gave the advise at the 37th convocation of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) at Samaru in Zaria.
Jonathan, who was represented by the Minister of Education, Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau, said entrepreneurial development was cardinal to national growth and must be pursued diligently.
He said government would continue to address the issue of employment for rapid economic growth.
“I urge you to let your training be relevant to the competitive labour market and entrepreneurial space that our growing economy provides.
“As graduates, you should apply your knowledge, skills and creativity to avail yourselves of the opportunities created by several policies of this administration,’’ the President said.
Jonathan also urged Nigerian universities to always pursue goals which would facilitate the unity, growth and corporate existence of Nigeria.
The President described ABU as an embodiment of peace, unity and excellent service in view of its achievements in bringing people together, irrespective of ethnicity and religion.
He charged both the council and management of the university to sustain the training of young Nigerians who would in turn use their ability to contribute to national growth and development.
While promising to increase access to quality education, Jonathan said his administration had increased admission intake into universities from 400,000 to more than one million.
Earlier, while speaking, the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, said the university produced 33 graduates with First Class degree and 1,273 with Second Class Upper degree.
He said 5,064 others were with Second Class Lower degree, 2,287 with Third Class degree and 183 with Pass degree.
Other graduates are 2,136 in Post-Graduate Diploma, 2, 339 in Masters Degree and in Doctoral degree.
He reminded the graduating students that by the conferment of higher degrees and diplomas on them, they had become members of more than 500,000 alumni that the university had produced in the last 50 years.
“I implore you to conduct yourself on the basis of solid character defined by humanity, honesty, dedication, respect, tolerance, moderation and sacrifice for the sake of others and the society.
“I also urge you to use the skills, knowledge and the good character you have acquired in ABU for the service of society and humanity.
“I am confident that the university has trained you to face greater challenges to secure a respectable life,’’ he said.(NAN)