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The Ekiti State  Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has called for a review of the curriculum of Nigerian universities to equip graduates with technological skills and innovation.

He also said the litany of crises confronting the nation could be resolved with innovative ideas and meaningful contributions from scholar.

The governor made the call Fayemi while  speaking at the combined 25th and 26th convocation and 40th anniversary of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti.

The event saw 16,428 graduands conferred with varying  degrees and honours.

Fayemi expressed regrets at the decline in the quality of education at the tertiary level in Nigeria and advised stakeholders in the education sector to bring forth innovative ideas that would help in revamping the nation’s university system.

Governor Fayemi, who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Dr. Bimpe Aderiye , explained that his administration would continue to play its role in the areas of financial and moral support towards making the university a world class class ivory tower.

“It is important to know that no problem is insurmountable, a confirmation that the current challenges in our nation and the world at large, bothering on security , economy and politics are challenges that we will all overcome individually and collectively if we can persevere and look inwards,” he said.

“The government on its part shall continue to support the good initiatives and innovation put up by the university management and would not renege in doing what is considered best for the university in all circumstances. Our government is not relenting and will leave no stone unturned until the wishes and aspirations of the founding fathers of our dear university are met.”

While commending the university management for their untiring efforts and the rapid transformation being witnessed in the institution, the governor added that the latest Webometric ranking placed EKSU as the 14th overall best and 2nd best state university among all universities in the country.

He congratulated the graduands for the successful completion of their programmes in the university, advising them to put to use all they have learnt in the four walls of the university, urging them to be problem solvers in the society.

In his submission, the Vice Chancellor of EKSU, Professor Edward Olanipekun, said the university in the last forty years had made significant achievements in its core mandates.

“The past forty years in our university has been a period of growth, trials and tempest,” he said.

To the graduands, he said: “As you leave this university as our valued ambassadors, please do not forget that learning continues throughout life, I can see in you a mix of new entrepreneurs, potentials employers and bundle of talents going into the labour market.”

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