The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Suleiman Age Abdulkareem, has charged the newly inducted students of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, to concentrate on the development of new indigenous drugs for critical ailments to make access to various therapeutic alternatives easy and affordable.
Prof. Abdulkareem gave the advice last Friday at the 4th Induction and Oath Taking Ceremony of 29 new graduates of the Faculty, which held at the University Auditorium.
The Vice-Chancellor pleaded with the inductees to regularly update their knowledge and skills in order to keep up with the current trends in issues relating to drug therapy management.
He charged graduates of the institution to be creative and ingenious to survive in the over saturated unemployment market in Nigeria.
He said there were now a few offers for multitude of fresh graduates, adding that, the world is indeed different now.
“Gone were the days when employers waited at the convocation arena with assorted plum and well-paid job offers from which fresh graduates made their choices. We now live in a reality characterized by the survival of the fittest, and the fittest are those with special edge of unique and uncommon skills and knowledge.
“The candid truth now is that just graduating from university is no longer enough to get a job. You need to have the uncommon commonsense. Competition for jobs is now very high. It is only the few that can exert more efforts that get the few offers and who begin the new life with hope, less challenges and frustration “, he said.
He told the new graduates that they were about to start a life of another form of struggle.
“As you are stepping out of this hall, probably thinking erroneously that the struggle has ended, I must caution that the majority of you, especially those of you that have humble background, will begin a life of another form of struggle. Unfortunately, you might be on your own in the struggle.
Prof Abdulkareem also said that incessant strikes, student unrest and allied factors have earned most Nigerian tertiary institutions a notorious fame of ignominy and repudiation.
The vice chancellor, who said the uninterrupted learning environment of the university was a product of collective will and selfless service to humanity, promised to lead by example as pacesetter.