A Human Resources Development expert, Fola Ogunsola, wants the federal government to change school curriculum to accommodate skill acquisition programmes that go beyond classrooms.
She made the call at a life after school development lecture for students of the Osun State University, Ikire Campus in Osun State.
She revealed that only about 10% of Nigerian graduates who leave the higher institutions annually can be said to be employable to employers of labour.
This, according to her, is because many of the graduates have not been well groomed for the basic skills required to sustain a job.
The HR expert also told Channels Television that the crisis between Nigerian youths and the labour market is more of employability of the products being churned out by higher institutions of learning in the country than a problem of the number of jobs available.
The expert berated the academic curriculum of Nigerian universities stating that Nigerian higher institutions of learning, in the 21st century are still only able to impact less than 20% of skills required by prospective employers of labour into their graduates.
He stressed that graduates are usually not well groomed for the task ahead after school.
She also implored graduates to stop putting blames on government, but rather enhance their skills.
The management of Kaduna Electric Distribution Company has recruited over 3,000 new staff into its work force, to boost its performance and operational efficiency.
Addressing the new staff during their induction course in Kaduna, Managing Director of the company, Engineer Garba Haruna, said the company is undergoing a complete overhaul, hence the need to inject new and vibrant young men and women into its workforce for qualitative service delivery is essential.
He charged the new inductees to live above board and contribute their quota in providing maximum satisfaction to its customers.
The Mr. Haruna stressed that while the management is ready to provide the conducive environment necessary for the staff to deliver on their mandate, the company in turn expects them to reciprocate the gesture through hard work and dedication to their duties.
Apart from the new intakes, the company said about 15,000 indirect jobs would be created through third party vendors and contractors.
The newly recruited staff will be exposed to basic engineering, human resources, safety marking, corporate rules and regulations, metering installation and operational guidelines.
He assured that the induction course and basic training which is being carried out simultaneously in Sokoto and Kaduna, is aimed at providing basic orientation to the newly recruited staff.