Amid dwindling standard of Education in Nigeria, the Spiritual leader of the Igbo nation Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka (Ogilisi Igbo) has tasked both Federal and State Government as well as Operators of Private Schools (OPS) in the country to as a matter of urgency introduce practical skill oriented and acquisition programs both in secondary and tertiary institution curriculums with a view to churn out productive graduates who can be self employed and even create jobs after coming out from schools.
Speaking at Sharon Hall GRA Onitsha after he was conferred with a prestigious Icon of Leadership Award by Turning Point Learning Field, an international Education Development Institution, Chief Ezeonwuka posited that introducing skill oriented programs such as tailoring, carpentry, brick laying, mechanic, tilling and wedding among others in the school system will help boost the chances of making graduates establish themselves with something doing instead of parading files with bogus certificates in search of jobs.
The Ogilisi Igbo who is the proprietor Rojenny Games and Tourist Village Oba and a Board of Trustees (BoT) Member of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) said that as an employer of labour for over 35years, he has discovered that most number of graduates are not skilful enough to do certain jobs because they were not involved in skill oriented and acquisition programs in both secondary schools and universities practically noting that Education system in Nigeria will continue to lag behind international standard if Government and OPS do not introduce skill oriented and acquisition programs in the school curriculums.
He added “I am an industrialist and employer of labour for over 35yreas and going by my huge experience in employer and employee relationships, I can boldly say that most graduates from Nigeria Universities are not employable. For instance, i have a zoo at Rojenny Tourist and Games Village and over time I find it very difficult to get a skilful and competent graduate of zoology to manage the zoo. After fielding questions on interview you discover that the candidate is nowhere near the quality needed to manage a zoo even as a graduate of zoology, it is a terrible situation”
He continued “I encounter the same problem in other departments of my establishments and that is why I have been championing the cause for introduction of practical skill oriented and acquisition programs in the school curriculum. Introducing skill oriented and acquisition programs will go along way to make graduates employable in the job market and and also inspire graduates to get themselves established with private business. When you train somebody as a tailor or a welder the person can rally support to establish his private firm instead of parading bogus certificate”
Earlier on, the Proprietor of Turning Point Learning Field Professor Justice Chidi described Chief Ezeonwuka while delivering his citation as a model of entrepreneur for both present and succeeding generations, a business power broker and an uncompromising champion of Igbo Agenda whose contributions to the development and progress of the Igbo nation cannot be overemphasised noting that the Icon of Leadership Award was meritoriously issued on him.