President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Youths in Nigeria to embrace measures introduced by the government to address the problem of unemployment in the country.
The President made the call in the nation’s capital during the 24th convocation ceremony of the University of Abuja.
He said the Federal government will continue to explore all avenues aimed at addressing youth unemployment in the country.
“The Nigerian government has adopted short term and long term approaches to tackling the unemployment problem.” The President said.
“These included the N-Power volunteer programmes, a stop-gap measure aimed at tackling unemployment under which a total of 500,000 unemployed graduates were engaged over a 3year period as a short term approach while government will endeavour to provide more lasting economic measures in its fiscal policies that seek to boost the economy and open up employment opportunities over the years.” President Buhari added.
President Buhari further said the federal government will redouble its effort towards providing a conducive atmosphere for youths to realise their potentials.
The vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’allah said that the university is hoping to sustain the hosting of the graduation ceremony promptly every year.
“Today, the University of Abuja is formally graduating a total of 10,338 students who have met the prescribed requirement of being worthy in both learning and character to be awarded various degrees and diplomas by the institution. The breakdown and categories of the graduating students are as follows.” Professor Na’allah said.
“First Degree Graduands (Regular Programme) 3,666, First Class Honours Degree Graduands 26, Second Class Honours (Upper Division) 866, Second Class Honours (Lower Division) 2,317, Third Class 339, Pass Degrees 52, Postgraduate Diploma 139, Masters Degree 212, PhD 14, Center For Distance Learning 3,000.” The Vice-Chancellor added.
The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Prof, Elias Bogoro who was a special guest at the ceremony said the fund attended the convocation to support the new leadership of the university and show direction.
The university conferred honorary doctorate degrees on distinguished individuals including Major General Alwali Jauji Kazir, former Chief of Army Staff.
A posthumous doctorate degree of literature was also conferred on Mallam Ibrahim Buhari Tubali, the first-class oral singer and famous Royal court musician of the late 19th century in Hausa land.
President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission NUC, Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed.