President Goodluck Jonathan has advised university graduates in the country to embrace Federal Government’s Youth Empowerment Scheme to create jobs instead of seeking for jobs after graduation.

Jonathan said this in Uyo on Saturday at the 19th and 20th Convocation ceremony of the University of Uyo in Akwa Ibom.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Jonathan was represented by Prof. Hamisu Mohammed, former Vice-Chancellor, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi and staff of National Universities Commission.

He said the Federal Government would continue to empower youths to enable them set up small scale businesses in the country.

The President said the challenge of unemployment would be surmounted through the Youth Empowerment Scheme (YES) and other government programmes .

President Jonathan

President Jonathan

“Government will continue to empower our youths to enable them set up small scale businesses under the Federal Government’s Youth Scheme (YES), and other programmes so that collectively, we can deal with the challenge of unemployment, by turning the individual into a job-creator instead of a job-seeker,” he said.

Jonathan said the entrepreneurship education course introduced in Nigerian universities should advance the cause of development in the country.

The President further charged universities in the country to pursue researches seriously and lift the country to a global level.

“Indeed, the time has come for us to pursue aggressive and creative research, if we are to obtain a competitive edge and rise to the top of the global economy.”

He said that the security challenges facing the nation has adversely affected the financing of the education sector by government.

Jonathan appealed to the management of various universities to be prudent in utilising their budgetary allocations as well as their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

Jonathan called on the private sector, as well as consumers of the products of Nigerian educational institutions, to support the institutions to enable them produce high quality graduates.

The president said government remained committed to the various agreements and forms of understanding reached with all unions, associations and other stakeholders in the education sector.

In his goodwill message, the Akwa Ibom Governor, Godswill Akpabio, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs Valerie Ebe, charged the graduates to be good ambassadors of their institutions

Akpabio urged them to use the knowledge gained from the university to brighten the path for Nigeria and Africa to emerge from the shadows of underdevelopment.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Comfort Ekpo, urged the graduating students to uphold the values they have learnt and develop themselves to become better future leaders in the country.

NAN reports that 1,602 graduands were awarded with Post-Graduate Diplomas, Masters and Ph.D degrees, while 6,700 were awarded with first degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. (NAN)

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