The Federal Government of Nigeria under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has urged youths in the country to make positive use of their strength for engaging in entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity for their benefit and the country.
At the Convocation of graduands from the Nnamdi Azikwe University, President Mohammadu Buhari gave the advice to the youths. At the program President Mohammadu Buhari was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, the President described education as the “fulcrum through which the socio economic development of any society could be leveraged”.
Prof. Anthony Anwukah disclosed and states that the world economies were not sustained by public sector jobs alone but by entrepreneurial-driven small and medium scale enterprises.
Prof. Anthony Anwukah also said that the Federal Government would continue to give priority to education, particularly the university education.
“University education and other tiers of education should indeed go beyond the transition of knowledge and skills. “Universities should also strive to inculcate values, tolerance, respect for the rights of others, respect for constituted authority and the rule of law and order.
“Patriotism and the need not only for competition but also for collaboration and team work, among others,”
He further reiterates that the President Mohammadu Buhari called on the graduands to deploy the knowledge and skills acquired for the advancement of the country.
Nnamdi Azikwe University, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, disclosed that the total number of 6,550 graduand were conferred with first degrees, 288 with post graduate diplomas, 846 with masters degrees and 203 with Ph.D.
The Vice Chancellor further disclosed that the total number of 7,887 Graduands was conferred at the ceremony with various degrees.
That the Nnamdi Azikiwe University had taken steps to empowered and enhance the employability of the graduates of the institution, either in self employment or paid employment.
That the “The University, through its Chike Okoli Centre for Entreprenueral Studies, has entered into collaboration with the ABInBev Hero’s Foundation on the kick start programme of the Foundation.
That “The intent of the programme is to instill a culture of entrepreneurship among youths in South East by encouraging them to develop and nurture ideas into sustainable business or expanding existing businesses”.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku also reiterates that the university was furthering its linkages with universities and other relevant organisations to enrich the academic content of its programmes.
He therefore congratulated the ex-Senate President, Sen. Ken Nnamani, ex-Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa, Alhaji Shehu Malami and Managing Director, Mp Infrastructure, Mr. Clem Nwogbo who were decorated with Honorary Doctorate Degrees at the convocation, that the awardees had distinguished themselves through their unwavering commitment to selfless service to the country.
The Nnamdi Azikwe University Chancellor commended the Federal Government for the enabling environment and for the sustenance of the entrepreneurial spirit of the people and financial support given to the institution. He therefore urged and challenged the graduands to key into the engaging opportunities in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nnamani was conferred with honorary degree of Doctor of Public Administration (DPA); ex-Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa, Alhaji Shehu Malami, Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) and Managing Director, Mp Infrastructure, Mr. Clem Nwogbo, Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). Responding on behalf of the honorary awardees, the ex-Senate President, Sen. Ken Nnamani commended the institution for the award and promised that they would continue to contribute their quota to all facets of the economy, especially the education sector. He expressed satisfaction with the infrastructure development of the institution and urged the university management to maintain the good standard.