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UNEMPLOYMENT: EXPERTS CALL FOR SKILLS ACQUISITION, BUILDING COMPETENCIES

(Last Updated On: May 26, 2017)

 

By Gbenga Gbelee

Worried by the rate of continued drop in white collar job openings and the plight of the Nigerian

youthful population in the prevailing economy, Experts have advocated the need for emphasis to be

placed on acquisition of lifelong skills and building of competencies which would withstand

contemporary challenges.

This was the opinion of resource persons who took turns to address the 6886 newly admitted

Postgraduate students for the 2016/2017 Academic session of the University of Lagos during their

Orientation programme.

The event which held at the J. F Ade Ajayi (Main)Auditorium of the University (on Thursday 25th of May) had as theme “Postgraduate Education and Self Improvement as a Panacea for Surviving in a Developing Economy”.

The guest speaker, an alumnus of the University of Lagos; Alhaji Shuaibu Afolabi Salis spoke on the

importance of Postgraduate studies as a means to remedy academic grades, pursue career

diversification or/and for added academic qualification as the case may require.

He outlined the benefits of Postgraduate studies to include self management, acquisition of

communication skills, ability conduct independent researches and team building among others.

Alhaji Salis who attributed his many success stories to the conducive and multifaceted platform

accorded him by the University of Lagos (as far back as 1982 when he commenced pursuit of his first degree in Computer Science) harped on the need for Postgraduate students to pay adequate attention to moulding their character, building their competencies and cultivating the right attitude during studies.

While commending both past and present management of the University of Lagos for providing the

window for all round improvement through its Postgraduate programmes over the decades, the Guest speaker buttressed the place of network building, reflection on life goals and mission as well as volunteerism in every individual’s pursuit of excellence.

Earlier in an address to welcome the array of guests and dignitaries who cut across the UNILAG

academic and non academic communities, the Vice Chancellor; Professor Rahamon Bello

congratulated the 6886 students who made it into the University for Postgraduate Studies for the

2016/2017 academic session.

Represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research and Academic Planning; Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, Prof. Bello remarked that the University of Lagos has been keen on highstandards and quality assurances, a goal which he said accounts for the consistent review of its postgraduate programmes to align with solving contemporary challenges.

The Vice Chancellor charged the Postgraduate students to see their present academic endeavour at theUNILAG School of Postgraduate studies as a season to add value to themselves and acquire all the knowledge they can so as to be better positioned in taking on contemporary challenges.

Another keynote presentation at the event was on “Entrepreneurship, Business strategy and Self

Employment Option” by Engineer Bosoye Olalere.

He described the present economic woes bedevilling the country as a blessing in disguise for those

who can explore it just as he buttressed the need for every Nigerian to plan for self employment and

set both short and long term goals for themselves.

A member of the Examinations and Results Committee, School of Postgraduate Studies (SPGS)

Board of the University; Dr. Charles Onyema was on ground to acclimatize the newly admitted

Postgraduate students with Expectations and Responsibilities, Lectures, Examinations and Results, the Director, Quality Assurance and SERVICOM; Professor Lucious Chukwu also enlightened the

students on their rights as well as procedures to ensure quality service delivery while Dr. Ogechukwu Elizabeth Okpalanozie who bagged the best Ph.D. thesis in Science award in the 2015/2016 academic session underscored the place of proper planning , determination, persistence, perseverance, self confidence and constant communication with supervisors in Postgraduate studies.

Earlier in an opening remark, the Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies of the University of Lagos;

Professor Solomon Akinboye said a total of 6886 students made it for the 2016/2017 academic

session.

He reaffirmed the Postgraduate school’s commitment towards supporting students in actualising their dreams thereby adding more value to the University of Lagos as an institution of First choice and the Nation’s pride.