By Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO
The Group Managing Director of Energy Group, Dr. Jimoh Ibrahim yesterday called on the National University Commission (NUC) to design a new university curriculum that will see to the problem of unemployment of university graduates in the country.
Ibrahim who spoke at the commissioning and handing over of the Jimoh Ibrahim Postgraduate College building complex of Obafemi Awolowo
University, Ile-Ife observed that the existing curriculum has not been
able to tackle the menace of unemployment.
The N200 million fully equipped facility was donated to the university by an alumnus of the institution, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim.
While describing the donation as nothing extraordinary, he assured the
institution that more alumni of the institution will soon come round
to assist the institution especially when it becomes obvious that government alone cannot successfully fund university education.
Speaking earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Bamitale Omole who expressed delight at the gesture of Jimoh Ibrahim seized the opportunity to call on other alumni, alumnae and stakeholders of the university to emulate the donor especially now that the institution is rededicating itself to cutting edge in research and human capital development for the nation.
Omole who expressed the determination of the university to vigorously pursue a virile postgraduate training at all levels and effectively
sway admission policy in favour of postgraduate enrollment described
the donation of the complex as very timely.
Also speaking, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Professor
Rowland Ndoma-Egba described the event as a demonstration of the
ability of man to define the way for the future in the context of university-Alumni partnership synergy adding that the donor is not just paying back to his alma mater but demonstrating the way and manner the private sector could partner with government to impact on the standard of education in Nigeria.
He called on foundations, individuals, businessmen and women and
alumni to join in investing in university education by way of offering scholarship, fellowships for students, and providing infrastructure for teaching and research.