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Schools should produce job creators, not seekers –Oke

Bishop of the Sword of the Spirit Christian Ministry, Wale Oke, has emphasised the need to ensure vocational training in all Nigerian universities and other tertiary institutions.

Bishop of the Sword of the Spirit Christian Ministry, Wale Oke, has emphasised the need to ensure vocational training in all Nigerian universities and other tertiary institutions.

Speaking during a briefing held to announce take-off date for the ministry’s university, Precious Cornerstone University, in Ibadan, capital of Oyo State, Oke decried the job-seeking culture among graduates of tertiary institutions in the country.

The cleric noted that graduates of Nigeria’s tertiary institutions would quit  the habit of looking for jobs after leaving school if the schools curricula had focused on career building and job creation.

He said that Precious Cornerstone University will collaborate with the University of Ibadan in the training of entrepreneur-minded students.

He said, “We should aim at bringing up graduates who can think and create jobs after graduation instead of looking for jobs. We should look deeply at our curriculum and see if it was actually designed to create jobs rather than bringing up job seekers. This is what the 11-year planning of the ministry’s university is centred on. We have taken time to build a school with the aim of making it a world-class institution with emphasis on training candidates that will be independent-minded.

“It is a faith-based institution that will take discipline seriously among students and staff because we are determined to make the university a world class school that will produce entrepreneurs for various sectors in the country. We will collaborate with other universities, starting with the University of Ibadan, to produce job creators and not job seekers.”

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