Graduates of the nation’s higher education institutions will be able to break the jinx of high unemployment rate and secure well-paid jobs if they acquire substantial knowledge of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The Proprietor and Founder of Ajayi Polytechnic, Ikere-Ekiti, Dr. Busayo Ajayi, disclosed this at the opening of a oneday Free ICT Seminar, organised in Ado-Ekiti, adding that most Nigerian graduates were unemployed many years after graduation because they did not have requisite IT knowledge.”
Dr. Ajayi, who hinted that the private polytechnic was expected to take off in September, said: “ICT is the in-thing. It is everywhere. Whatever your field of academic study, you must be ICT compliance.”
He lamented that the refusal of education administrators to incorporate basic entrepreneurial training into academic curricular had further made Nigerian graduates unfit into modern day activities.
At the event were the state Commissioner for Information and Culture, Mr. Lanre Ogunsuyi and a renowned educationist, Prof. Michael Alonge. While noting that knowledge of ICT and entrepreneurial skills had become essential in making graduates more employable, he said:
“Entrepreneurship and innovation education, especially in ICT has now become inevitable, judging by the number of graduates being churned out yearly by the various higher institutions of learning in the last few years in which between 60 and 70 per cent were unemployed either because they are unemployable or they have no requisite training and skills that would enable them to meet the needs of industries.”