Maduka University to tackle rising unemployment in Nigeria

Sam Onyishi, the founder of a new private university, Maduka UniversityEnugu, said the new institution was designed to tackle rising unemployment in the country.

Mr. Onyishi, who is also the chairman of Peace Mass Transit, disclosed this during a recent interview with reporters in Enugu.

Located along Nsukka Road, Ekwegbe, Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of ​​Enugu State, the university is expected to commence academic activities in December.

Its construction spear on January 4, 2020.

Currently, there are a total of 216 accredited universities in Nigeria, according to data from the National University Commissionthe country’s university regulator.

These Nigerian institutions produce hundreds of thousands of new university graduates each year who enter an economy that cannot produce enough jobs to absorb them.

In the fourth quarter of 2020, the country’s unemployment rate rose to 33.3%, representing some 23.2 million people, the highest rate in at least 13 years and the second highest rate in the world. world, according to National Bureau of Statistics.

Maduka University

But, Mr. Onyishi said his new university was designed to address the failings of existing institutions, particularly in the area of ​​addressing unemployment issues in the country.

He said the new institution, being an entrepreneurial university, would turn its graduates into employers of labor rather than job seekers, regardless of the course of study.

“People should be able to go to school and get out. If you get a job somewhere, that’s fine, but even if you don’t get a job, you should be able to employ yourself.

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“I lay the foundations for autonomy because my university is an entrepreneurial university. The plan is that any graduate of our university should be able to run their own business regardless of what course the graduate is taking,” he said.

The Peace Mass boss added: ‘So if you read the story at our university you should read the story and leave school and be able to work. If you are studying health sciences or law, you should be able to read all of these courses and be able to employ yourself.

Speaking on his strategies, Mr Onyishi said the university’s academic program will be structured to include courses in entrepreneurship and vocational training which will be compulsory for all students of the university, regardless of the program. of studies.

“We’re going to teach you all these courses so that by the time you get out of college you should be a lawyer who can employ you. You should be an attorney for wealth building or self-employment or self-reliance history.

“The long-term goal is human capital development – ​​providing a platform for people to gain knowledge – and then take care of themselves,” Onyishi explained.

The Peace Mass boss said apart from the funds spent on acquiring a tract of land, the university project would gobble up at least $100 million (about 41.7 billion naira) upon completion.

The expert reacts

Commenting on the role of entrepreneurship in job creation, Benjamin Okpukpara, coordinator of the Entrepreneurship and Development Research Center at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, told PREMIUM TIMES that education in entrepreneurship has given people the ability to create jobs for themselves.

“Entrepreneurial education actually changes the mindset of students to think as job creators, not as job seekers,” he said.

Mr. Okpukpara, an entrepreneurship expert, lamented that the activities of internet fraudsters, who flaunt ill-gotten wealth despite not being genuinely engaged in work, affect the level of acceptance of entrepreneurship by young Nigerians.

“To overcome mental and physical poverty, people should find out how they will use their certificates to create jobs, not how to use their certificates to seek white-collar jobs. And all these things start from schools,” Mr. Okpukpara added.


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