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African Universities Biggest contributors to unemployment –Professor

By Morris Dogga
Most of the universities in Africa have greatly contributed to the unemployment level in the continent by not teaching students necessary skills and knowledge to create jobs, the Executive Secretary for the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture, Professor Adipala Ekwamu said yesterday.
Professor Ekwamu made the remarks while addressing students, university staff and government officials during a public lecture at the University of Juba.
He said most of the universities in Africa are graduating thousands of students who lack the necessary skills and knowledge to create jobs for themselves contributing to unemployment.
Ekwamu also advised universities in South Sudan to develop better mechanism of preparing students so that they can change societies.
He stressed the need for investment on human capital so that youth can get enough knowledge on how to create jobs for themselves.
Ekwamu called on the line ministries to reconsider investing in human capital as part of the investment plan so that the country could move forward.
“The problem most African countries face is that they think having all the resources can make them develop, development is not about the gold, or the oil. It is about the development in the human resources first and then other can follow,” he said.
On her part, the Presidential Advisor on Agriculture and Food Security, Dr. Ann Itto, called on the universities in the country to “rethink and revisit” their curriculums especially on agriculture in order to produce quality and skillful students who could transform the society.
She said the universities were key factors in the transformation process especially in the agricultural sector.
Dr. Itto further urged the government to rethink on their policies on the allocation of resources especially the human, if the country was to move forward.
“We really have to start to look at our universities if we want to transform agriculture sector,” she said. “We should make agriculture look a success and make something positive in some people’s lives in order to inspire some people to get engaged in the sector.”
Professor Marial Awau Yol, the Dean College of Social and Economic Studies at University of Juba told the panelists that the problem the country is facing now was poor mechanism of managing resources.
He said most people did not know how to make national choices due to the limited resources.
Professor Yol advised the universities to “get engaged with the national government otherwise the way things are moving now only God knows where the country is heading to.”
He added that the universities needed to develop entrepreneurship skills for the students.
The public lecture was organized by the University of Juba in collaboration with the Regional University Forum for Capacity Building (RUFORUM) in Agriculture.
The theme of the discussion was “How Africans Are Transforming and Modernizing African Agriculture.”

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