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Restructure varsity curriculums to make graduates employable, Rep tells FG

By Inemesit Akpan-Nsoh, Uyo
23 November 2021   |   3:05 am
Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary, Mr. Onofiok Luke, has said the high rate of graduate unemployment in the country may continue until educational institutions

[FILE PHOTO] Onofiok Luke

Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary, Mr. Onofiok Luke, has said the high rate of graduate unemployment in the country may continue until educational institutions take deliberate steps to restructure course curriculums.

He spoke yesterday at a youth summit organised by Centre for Young People Development and Poverty Alleviation Initiative [YDPAN] in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Speaking on the theme: Youth Development in Nigeria, Legislation and Key Issues, he said: “Our educational institutions are churning out a workforce of persons who lack the requisite nous and practical knowledge to interact with the realities of the society towards economic productivity.”

According to him, the National Youth Policy of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development should be pursued vigorously and be given more attention. He noted that youths are “potentially and actually the greatest investment for a country’s development and should be treated as a vital resource and a good measure of the extent to which our country can reproduce as well as sustain itself.”

He lamented that despite some commendable efforts at youth development, some sectors where youths are nurtured continue to suffer tremendous neglect, thereby making the Nigerian youth look neglected by the government.

“This neglect has created a huge gap in youth development in Nigeria as our youths are still haunted by the treacherous triangle of poverty, illiteracy and unemployment which makes them ready tools for manipulation by state and non-state actors.

“Thus, it should therefore become a fundamental objective of our policy outlook, to invest our resources towards educating and equipping our young people along the lines of the skills in which their passions are naturally aligned,” he said.

Earlier, the Executive Director of the Centre for Young People Development and Poverty Alleviation Initiative [CYDPAN], Mr. Robert Boniface, said investing in young people’s education, health and employment would ensure better future for their lives and for the countries’ development, noting that, failure to do this would further deepen poverty and ignorance for the generation.

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