The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has said the time had come for the academic curricular of Nigerian universities to be reworked and tailored towards solving the hydra-headed problems bedeviling the country.
Dr. Fayemi also advised Nigerian graduates to develop capabilities to generate uncommon innovation and ideas, describing these as the best catalysts to success in the 21st-century economy.The Governor stated this at the 24th convocation ceremonies of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti on Thursday.
A major highlight of the convocation ceremony, which was held in strict compliance with Covid-19 safety protocol was the investiture of the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II as the University’s Chancellor in appreciation of the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s superlative and selfless contributions to national development.
Addressing the graduands, Fayemi challenged university graduates to see themselves as the future leaders of Nigeria adding that it has become an acceptable norm that only qualified staff and students could innovate and steer the ship of our university system in particular and Nigeria in general to the expected shore.
He added that the need to make curricula to reflect the challenges of the existence of the immediate environment arose from the conscious efforts to produce real experts who would fix the nation’s economy.
Dr. Fayemi, who described education as the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world, said he prioritized knowledge economy as one of the pillars of his administration saying it is the surest way to socio-economic development. He promised the government’s support for good initiatives and innovations put up by the University management, adding that the autonomy of the University would not be hampered in any way.