‘Varsity Degree Is Not A Ticket To Better Life’ Buhari Tells Granduands
President Muhammadu Buhari has told graduands at Nnamdi Azikwe University , Awka , Anambra State , that a university degree won’ t necessarily usher them into an El Dorado .
He warned that a university degree is not a meal ticket , saying that , rather, a degree or diploma would only assist the holder to grapple with challenges of life, one of which , he noted , is youth unemployment.
Buhari stated this on Friday at the 13 th Convocation ceremony for the conferment of higher degrees , postgraduate diplomas and honorary degrees at the Nnamdi Azikwe University , Awka , Anambra State .
While saying that his administration would address youth unemployment and underemployment , Buhari called on the youths to embrace the opportunities the Federal Government had put in place to mitigate the unemployment situation for the time being .
He said , “ You are cautioned that university degrees do not usher you into an El Dorado . It rather equips you with the competence to grapple with the ever – changing challenges of life , of which youth unemployment is a vexatious part .
“ The Federal Government will remain undaunted in tackling the challenges of youth unemployment and underemployment through a matrix of initiatives . ”
He listed such initiatives to include : N -Power , the Bank of Industry Youth Entrepreneurship Support Programme and the Central Bank of Nigeria and Bank of Agriculture Support Schemes .
Buhari , whose address was read by the Minister of State for Education, Anthony Anwuka, commended the management of the university for the infrastructure development on campus .
In his address , the Vice Chancellor of the university , Prof . Joseph Ahaneku, said the 13 th convocation of the institution was for the 2017 /2018 academic year .
No fewer than 6 , 500 graduates were conferred with first degrees , 182 postgraduate diplomas , while 763 were conferred with Masters degrees and 269 got PhD degrees .
The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe , Ambassador Babagana Kingibe and Chief Emeka Offor were conferred with honorary doctorate degrees in science , politics and strategy and entrepreneurship respectively .