NUC blames graduate unemployment on multinationals non-participation in curriculum development 

NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Adamu Rasheed, has blamed the unemployability of Nigerian graduates on failure of multinationals to participate in curriculum development.

But Rasheed said the commission was very proud of Nigerian graduates considering their performances abroad.

Meanwhile, the academic community has been urged to find out steps to be taken to ease telecom congestion and ensure optimal utilisation of the networks through research.

Speaking at the Stakeholders Forum with academics organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in Abuja, Rasheed lamented that the university system in the country has had a challenge whereby the multinationals that know the needs of the labour market shy away from fora to discuss curriculum development.

He said: “In the Nigerian university system, we have for many decades, had this problem of the multinationals failing to attend fora where critical issues of curriculum development are discussed.

“But a week after, you hear complaints that Nigerian graduates are not employable. How can they be employable when those who know what the needs are stay away in their cozy offices?”

Rasheed argued that the competences of graduates must be situated around the expectations within the realm of realities, adding: “That is not to say that there are no issues of knowledge gap in terms of our graduates, but we are very proud of our graduates in their performances when they go abroad.”

He stated that the commission would continue to engage stakeholders and intensify its modalities of evolving the curriculum to produce well-rounded graduates in all disciplines who are equipped with critical thinking skills that would help Nigeria to achieve its objectives.

Speaking, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said it was the responsibility of the academic community to reclaim its expected role by ensuring that the research activities of its members enhance and reorient the market to the needs of the consumers.

He said it must attune itself to the reality on the street and search for solutions that could enhance life and businesses.

He urged the academia to be in the vanguard of translating the difficult and technicality of technology to suit the needs and daily applications of those who use them in order to make life easier.

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