Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has told graduates from Nigerian Universities that a University degree won’t necessarily usher them into an El Dorado. He also said a degree isn’t a meal ticket.
The Nigerian Universities churn out graduates every year from their various fields despite the high rate of unemployment. This unemployment issue is one of the problems we are facing as a nation. Many graduates today still rely on the government to provide them job opportunities. They blame the government for their woes as the politicians are bent on enriching their pockets only. Truth be told, the citizens deserve the best from this wealthy country. A way of tackling this unemployment issue is an eye-opener postulated by the president.
The President gave this advice on the 10th of May at the 13th convocation ceremony of the Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka. The ceremony is for the conferment of higher degrees, postgraduate diplomas and honorary degrees at the institution.
The President was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Anthony Anwuka. The President, in his speech which was read by Anwuka, said: ‘’You are cautioned that University degrees do not usher you into an El Dorado. It rather equips you with the competence to grapple with the ever-changing challenges of life, of which youth unemployment is a vexatious part. The Federal Government will remain undaunted in tackling the challenges of youth unemployment and underemployment through a matrix of initiatives’’
The words of the President should stir up Nigerian youths to create opportunities for themselves rather than being idle and tagged ‘lazy’. The degrees are not really El Dorado (a fortune or opportunity. It is neither a meal ticket but an opportunity to get into the dining hall (outside world) and exchange the meal ticket for a sit on the high table (becomes an employer of labor). We just can’t afford to stay idle so that we can all survive in this difficult terrain.