Economics Students Urged to Develop Skills to Enhance their Market Value
Students of the Department of Economics & Development Studies have been urged to develop skills that would make them fit into existing positions in the job market.
This advice was given by the Director General, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Muda Yussuf, in his presentation titled, “Industry and Academic Partnership: Catalyst for Sustainable Development in Nigeria”, during a town and gown interaction on Thursday, February 12, 2015.
He noted that, “one of the challenges in Nigeria is unemployment, which is as a result of the gap that exists between the town and the gown”. He, therefore, urged that the supply of graduates should be demand driven. According to him, that approach would significantly alleviate unemployment situation in the country.
The Economic expert stated that the largeness of Nigeria’s economy reflects the huge manpower needed. He enjoined the students to optimize the opportunities in school by developing their communication skills, working on their character and embarking on academic research that must be targeted at solving industrial problems; which he reffered to as the best way of getting research outcomes to be commercialized.
Mr. Yussuf asserted that for economics graduates to add value in their workplaces, the quality of application of economic theories and principles to economic problems is germane. He stated further that employers expect their employees to add value through their capacity to solve problems, their discipline notwithstanding.
He urged the undergraduate and postgraduate students of Economics at all levels to keep themselves apprise of contemporary issues.
In his welcome remarks, the Head, Department of Economics, Dr. Philip Alege, appreciated the Management of Covenant University for the impetus to commence the town and gown interaction.
Also speaking at the event, the Dean, College of Business and Social Sciences, Professor Oluranti Olurinola, appreciated the guest speaker for adding to the wealth of knowledge.
In attendance at the programme were faculty, staff and students of the Department of Economics and Development Studies.