For many Nigerians, farming has become more important than university certificate and Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola had charged graduates to stash their degree certificate away and take up agriculture as a lucrative business.
Speaking at the 6th Convocation Ceremony of Fountain University, Osogbo, Governor Aregbesola campaigned that farming has become absolutely necessary due to the throttling increased rate of unemployment in Nigeria. He pointed the fact that the present economic situation has shown Nigerians the need to encourage farming as the only alternative to crude oil.
“There was no aspect of life that could do without agriculture, saying Nigerian graduates must henceforth stop searching for formal jobs that realistically remained elusive.”
The governor encouraged productivity, resilience and hard work among Nigerians, stressing that the present nation’s economy demands one to be self-employed not floating around with a University certificate.
“There is no other alternative to sustain Nigerian economy than to build and encourage requisite interest in agriculture and brace up with anything that could promote food security.
“All Nigerians, as a matter of urgency should invest in things that would enhance farming in the next five years if truly the nation was ready to overcome her present economic challenges. We have grown to the stage through which her food production capacity must be urgently expanded to meet the general needs of the citizenry and as well enhance exportation.”
Aregbesola congratulated the graduating students and charged them to adapt to the virtues they acquired from the institution. He advised them to get prepared for the challenges ahead and life after university which he described as “challenging.”
“You need grim determination to succeed. You must be rational and critical in the application of the knowledge you have acquired.”
He also appealed to those perpetuating violence and criminality in the name of Islam, quote: ‘Violence is directly antithetical to Islam..
The University’s Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Abdullateef Usman, however, advocated for better funding of University education. According to him, the country can only develop if proper attention is given by all towards the provision of quality education.