Pro-Chancellor Challenges FG on Graduate Unemployment


The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of governing Council of the University of Ilorin, Alhaji Tukur Mani, has challenged Federal Government to take urgent steps towards stemming tide of graduate unemployment in the country.
Alhaji Mani expressed fears that if the growing rate of graduate unemployment was left unchecked, it was capable of escalating into a crisis of phenomenal proportion.
The Pro-Chancellor explained that in the past, it was difficult for the existing universities then to produce enough graduates to meet the manpower needs of the nation and stressed that with about 96 universities churning out graduates yearly, the labour market was saturated, thereby leaving many graduates unemployed.
Alhaji Mani further said that Nigeria needs, creative, independent and resourceful graduates who could put their talents to the best advantage particularly in this era of global economic meltdown instead of those conditioned only by training.
The Pro-Chancellor attributed the achievements recorded in the University of Ilorin to the efforts and sacrifices of members of staff and urged the Federal Government o to compensate staff of the institution for refusing to participate in the strike by suspended ASUU.
He said a happy and highly motivated workforce was the necessary ingredient for the growth and development of any institution.
“The University of Ilorin staffs who have toiled for eight consecutive years and refused to participate in any strike to ensure stability in university education in Nigeria deserve some material compensation by the government,” he maintained.