President Muhammadu Buhari has reminded Nigerian graduates that earning a university degree is no longer a meal ticket .
Buhari stated this on Friday at the 13th Convocation for the conferment of higher degrees , postgraduate diplomas and honorary degrees of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University , Awka , Anambra State.
He told the graduates that university degrees and diplomas would rather assist them to grapple with challenges of life .
While saying that his administration would address youth unemployment and underemployment , Buhari called on the youths to embrace the opportunities the Federal Government had put in place to mitigate the unemployment situation.
He said , “You are cautioned that university degrees do not usher you into an El Dorado .
It rather equips you with the competence to grapple with the ever – changing challenges of life of which youth unemployment is a vexatious part.
“ The Federal Government will remain undaunted in tackling the challenges of youth unemployment and underemployment through a matrix of initiatives . ”
He listed such initiatives to include N – Power, the Bank of Industry Youth Entrepreneurship Support Programme and the Central Bank of Nigeria and Bank of Agriculture Support Schemes .
Buhari , whose address was read by the Minister of State for Education , Anthony Anwuka, commended the management of the university for the infrastructural developments on the campus .
In his address , the Vice -Chancellor of the university , Prof Joseph Ahaneku , said the 13th convocation of the institution was for the 2017 /2018 academic year .
No fewer than 6 , 500 were conferred with first degrees ; 182 received postgraduate diplomas while 763 were conferred with Master’ s degrees and 269 got PhD degrees .
The Obi of Onitsha , Igwe Alfred Achebe , Ambassador Babagana Kingibe , and Chief Emeka Offor were conferred with honorary doctorate degrees in science , politics and strategy and entrepreneurship , respectively .