By Kasim Isa Muhammad
Education is the bedrock of development. If the education system in the country can be revised to emphasise the practical aspect of study and particularly entrpreneurship, there is a great tendency that youths will be self-reliant and employers of labour.This is because they must have developed knowledge in technology and had productive knowledge for the future.
Education can be the key to success if the government, at all levels, can create a technical support platform for undergraduates to learn how to transform their knowledge into something useful for the nation.
Also, education can be considered a key to success when the students acquired good studies from tutors that are well known and have experience in teaching. The government needs to look for quality teachers, put them at the forefront, pay them good salaries, and equip the educational buildings with modern materials. If the students go through such a way of acquiring knowledge, education can be described as key to success.
There is no doubt that education is the key to the problem in every human society, but, unfortunately in Nigeria, the case is completely different, where graduates roam the streets looking for jobs. However, in the developed countries, students are taught to invest in entrepreneurship.
Recent statistics establishes that 25 million graduates are unemployed in the country, indicating that the government cannot employ the high population of the graduates, thus, there is a need for government at all levels to think and rethink in providing job opportunities for our teeming youths.
Nonetheless, the government is doing its best to reduce unemployment with many programmes initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. The N-power is a good example. The programme was solely established to reduce the level of unemployment bedeviling the country, but unfortunately, many Nigerians are misusing the money given to them that will help them to invest in entrepreneurship.
Yes, education is still a key to success when some skills are acquired. What many of our graduates do not know is that skill is sometimes more important than a certificate. It is obvious that in the real world people need to see what you can give, not what you have.
We all need to wake up from our deep slumber because the government cannot do it alone. We need to use the skills that we acquired to help find lasting solutions to problems bedeviling the country.
Muhammad is a 300-Level student of University of Maiduguri.