Benue State Governor, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, on Thursday, decried the high level of graduate unemployment in Nigeria and insisted that skill acquisition and entrepreneurship education remain critical towards tackling the menace.
Alia, who noted that his administration would give education a top priority in Benue State, has also sought a partnership with the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to boost the quality of tertiary education delivery in the state.
He spoke on Thursday in Abuja when he paid what he described as a solidarity visit to the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Arc. Sonny Echono at the Fund’s Headquarters, where the new Governor who is barely 8 days in office, commended TETFund management for the huge intervention in public tertiary institutions in Benue state and the nation at large.
The governor said what he has discovered as responsible for the high rate of unemployment in Nigeria was that a lot of degrees have been acquired by youth in the country but the “skills are not attached to those degrees, noting this was one of the reasons why both graduates and those who have not attended the four walls of education roam the street across the nation.
Alia said his administration would go back to the drawing board in a bid to revitalise education in the state, saying tertiary institutions in Benue State were known for quality and scholarship in the time past and stressed that the lost glory would be restored.
He said his desire was to promote skill acquisition at all levels of education and the informal sector in his state, so as to make young people self-reliant and employers of labour.