The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum has called for improved solutions-based research in Universities.
The Governor noted the need for the restructuring of university system to become centers for the production ideas that attract investments.
He also emphasized the importance of universities in shaping the future workforce of the country, stressing the need for their continuous adaptation to meet the demands of the evolving labour market.
Governor Zulum made this known on Monday when he delivered a lecture to mark the 75th anniversary of the University of Ibadan (UI).
“Our universities need to do more in the area of research and linking research to industries that can translate ideas into solutions that can be sold within and outside theh shores of our nation.
"We must consider restructuring our university system to become centres of production of ideas and solutions that can attract industrial-scale investments”, he said.
The Governor said most Nigerian graduates were unable to compete in the competitive labour market in terms of skills.
The governor's lecture which was the first in a series of lectures by the university was titled “Leadership, Citizenship and Meeting Contemporary Social Justice in Nigeria”.
As contained in a statement on Tuesday by Malam Isa Gusau, the governor's spokesperson, Zulum l delved into the prevailing challenge of graduates experiencing a mismatch between their acquired skills and the requirements of the labour market.
He also highlighted the implications of this mismatch, including high unemployment rates, underemployment and reduced productivity.
The Governor stressed that addressing the issue remains crucial for sustainable economic growth and the reduction of poverty in Nigeria.
Zulum also challenged citizens to imbibe the spirit of patriotism while holding those in the position of leadership accountable.
“I want to encourage the citizens of this great country that while things take time, we all have a responsibility to show leadership in whichever sphere,” he said.
On his part, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Kayode Adebowale, commended the Governor for his stride and for identifying with the university.