By Solomon Attah, Lafia –
President Muhammadu Buhari has again assured graduates of Nigeria’s Tertiary Institutions that his administration would continue to work relentlessly to address the global phenomenon of unemployment in the country, but urged them to provide practical solutions to the country’s problems.
President Buhari who was speaking at the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th combined convocation of the Federal University, Lafia, last Saturday, tasked National Universities Commission to be on the guard to finding practical solutions to the country’s many challenges through research.
The president who was represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Sulieman Raman Yusuf, said the huge investment on higher institution in the country underscores government position to provide access to education regardless of gender, age, background or ethnic nationality.
“I assure you that the present administration is determined to work relentlessly to change the style through position policies interventions.
President Buhari who reiterated his quest to transform and sustain the nation’s educational system as laid by the country’s founding fathers, called on all patriotic Nigerians to drive the country through global relevance, that will lead Africa to becoming the digital country.
“Today, Nigeria as a nation faces myriad of problems and challenges, which are summoutable.
“I called on Nigeria Universities to collaborate with government as partners in working towards nation building and national development.”
The president said, “in order to continue to be relevant, National Universities Commission should as a matter of urgency breast up to the responsibility of providing the intellectual vanguard for finding practical solutions to the country’s many challenges, ranging from insecurity, corruption and unemployment, which are the focus of this government.”
While calling on management, staff and students to remain committed to the core mandate of their institutions, and graduates of Tertiary Institutions to take advantage of government economic policy, which are design to transform people into wealth creators and employer of labour, Buhari urged the graduates not to be perpetual seekers of white collar jobs.
Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule, in a remark, urged the graduates to fly the banner of the university with honour and integrity.
According to Sule, “You must go and build your communities, the nation and humanity as a whole; and not become agents of destruction under whatever guise.
“I have no doubt that you all have passed through this great institution, having been mentored in learning and character, and you are expected to give back in equal measure and more. Despite all the challenges, society does not expect less from you,” Governor Sule added.
He said, aside from the construction of a female hostel, Sule added that construction of a 1.2KM road from the Multi-disciplinary research Laboratory to the hostel area is ongoing.
He said the state government will offer automatic employment and provision of scholarship to five 1st Class students of the University, including a physically challenged student from Kogi State.