Former Minister of Education and immediate past Vice President of the World Bank (Africa), Dr Oby Ezekwesili, yesterday said most graduates in the country were unemployed “because majority of them study courses that are in low demand in the labour market.”
Ezekwesili stated this as a guest speaker during a programme organised by The Baptising Church (TBC), titled How to Build a World-Class Career, in Abuja.
“So, why do employers often turn down applicants? Because of lack of competence,” she said. “We found out that the courses that most Nigerian students study are not what we need at the labour market; we call them warehouse courses.
“So, instead of the market accepting them, it rejects them, so they go back to the warehouse.”
Oby, as she is fondly called, said she introduced a scheme called Tracking Assets for Progress (TAP) when she was the Minister of Education, in order to fully utilise products coming out of higher institutions.
“You know, the university or polytechnic is a manufacturing plant; so, we introduced TAP to track where the finished products were going.
“When they graduate, they are finished products, and so you put a label on them called certificates.
“When a product is rejected in the market, it is usually because it does not meet consumers’ needs.”
The former minister said for an individual to attain greatness, such one must be well-trained, versatile, and an integrity-keeper.