Vice-Chancellor of Novena University, Ogume, Delta State, Prof. J.M.O. Eze has said graduates of Nigerian Universities can be job employers on graduation rather than job seekers if they are well equipped for such academic venture.
Speaking at the 7th matriculation ceremony of the University on Friday, February 18, 2012, Prof. Eze stated that apart from studying their chosen courses, students should be made to also diversify in their studies to enable them to be better equipped for future challenges.
“Novena believes that education entails equipping the whole person for life and we know that the government and the private sector do not have enough jobs for graduates, so, in compliance with the joint directives of the Federal Ministry of Education and National Universities Commission (NUC), we have this session appointed an experienced lecturer as the first Director of Entrepreneurial Studies because, whatever subject you are studying, there is a possibility that you can set up a professional practice in it,” he said.
He urged the 1,330 (One Thousand, Three Hundred and Thirty) matriculating students to take their matriculation oath serious as a breach of the oath may lead to the students not graduating from the University.
“If you work hard and conscientiously, there is no reason why you can’t graduate in four years for a four-year degree programme and so on, you should always look ahead to your 400-level CGPA using your 100-level or 200-level results as your check and your inspiration.”
He however decried the culture of impunity being entrenched in all aspects of life in Nigeria, asserting that as future leaders, Nigerian youths should recognise the need to positively change the country by pledging their commitment.
Prof. Eze asserted that as the first licensed private University in Delta State, the University will continue to be a trail-blazer in academic activities.
“Novena boasts of several inter-University linkages with institutions in Britain, Mainland Europe, America and Asia and is also, partnering with Ministries, Professions and Industries within the country. All these arrangements enable us to equip our products academically and professionally, it also ensures a solid foundation for the future of those who wish to continue beyond here”, the University don stated.