By Usman Usman Garba
Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has urged the Federal Government to revisit the universities’ curriculum as the numbers of graduates are always increasing while the economy of the country is becoming weak.
The governor made the call at his office while receiving the Presidential Visitation Panel for Bayero University, Kano that paid him a courtesy visit, Prof. Femi Otubanjo, Chairman of the Panel led other members, recently.
He said: “For investigation, not only in Bayero University, Kano alone but the overall universities education that the curriculum needs to be revisited because the numbers of unemployed graduates are increasing even though, we know the economy is weak.”
However, the governor added that government should make emphasize on technological education whereby people would come up with different skills.
“Our emphasis is to shift to technology, technical education where people will come up with skills.
“There are some courses that increase the power of reasoning, but our population has grown sky that we need to look into the education curriculum, that is the curriculum of our universities so that we find it convenience to consume the product and those that are not get employment should start something on their own.”
Dr. Ganduje has emphasised that the state government, in order to bridge the gap has established an Ultramodern Skills Acquisition Center for youth to be self-employed in the state.
The skills acquisition center comprises anyone irrespective of whether one is a secondary school leaver, diploma holder, or degree holder, there was a skill that had been designed with necessary machineries and instructors.
The governor has similarly described Bayero University, Kano, as one of the most peaceful universities in the country as both its formers and present vice chancellors live harmoniously.
“There was a time when I attended a programme at Bayero University, Kano, when I saw four former Vice Chancellors attending the programme, with the current Vice Chancellor. I was highly delighted to witness that. There, I saw peace and tranquility working in BUK,” he mentioned.
In the same vein, the governor said: “With regards the issue of allocating land to those villagers around the university, I will definitely look into that with the view to finding amicable solution. Even for the sake of improving security around the university something concrete and effective will be done.”
On his own part, Prof. Otubanjo disclosed that they were at the Governor’s office to pay him a courtesy call, as one of the critical stakeholders.
“Your Excellency we are seeking your contribution to kindly intervene as some villagers surrounding the university, are up for the encroachment of university land.
“We please urge that they should be relocated to other lands on new Ring Road or any other area you deem fit Sir.
“So also in the area of the issuance of Certificate of Occupancy, Sir this is where you come in very well,” he pleaded.