Industries where Nigerian graduates can get the relevant experience to compete favorably in the labor market have shut down, Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) Professor Julius Okojie has said.
Okojie made the statement at the Training of Trainers workshop on the teaching of general entrepreneurship courses in Nigerian universities which held in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said a first degree is not enough for graduates to display competent skills until they receive training from industries which are no longer available to offer that service.
He said there is need to develop a critical mass of trainers in the university system who would teach students how to develop entrepreneurial skills in their areas of specialization.
“As a directive from federal government, we have just developed a Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards for Entrepreneurship to be offered as a degree programme and as soon as we get approval, it would start to run in some universities,” he said.
Professor Murtala Sagagi Director Centre for African Entrepreneurship Research & Training at Bayero University Kano (BUK) said it is important to change the mindset of youths so that rather than be frustrated by the system they begin to think entrepreneurially.