The Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on Friday, advised Nigerian youths to be innovative and creative to surmount unemployment problems in the country.

Akeredolu gave the advice at the first Convocation ceremony of Elizade University, Ilara-mokin in Ondo State.

Representing Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Akeredolu observed that the era of automatic white collar jobs for young graduands was gone, and noted that nigerians youths needed to be self reliant.

He further encouraged the graduands to be determined as they journeyed into the labour market by disallowing fear and over-assessment of challenges to weigh them down.

Akeredolu also commended Chief Michael Adeojo for founding the university and described education as the bedrock to societal development.

He implored the graduands to be good ambassadors of the University.

Earlier, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola, Vice Chancellor (VC), Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to improving access to University administration, thus recognising the contributions of private universities in educational development in Nigeria.

Representing the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, the VC said the core objective of the current administration was to promote self reliance in every facet of lives of Nigerians.

“The wisdom in putting education under the concurrent legislative list in our vonstitution in Nigeria has paid off in increasing access to university education through opportunities given to private individuals and organisations to invest in tertiary education.

“Our core objective also includes reorientation of teeming youths on the need to imbibe positive values by portraying our country in good light across the globe,” he said.

He also commended Chief Michael Adeojo for not only conceiving an idea, but translating them into reality by founding Elizade University.

Also, the Vice Chancellor (VC), Elizade University, Prof. Theophilus Fadayomi, urged the graduands to be prepared to continue to master the application of emerging technologies to solve existing problems and meet new challenges that might overwhelm their credentials.

“You should always be in a position where you provide constructive criticism and solutions to any challenge being faced rather than end up as frustrated complainants.

“Build a formidable network by creating and nurturing a strong alumni presence in the university and avenues of bonding among yourselves anywhere you may locate before and after your youth Corps years,” he said.

He also enjoined them to steer clear of corruption, which enriched a few and impoverished the nation.

“As you have observed and being discussed in the social media, corruption not only depletes the national treasury, but erodes faith in the leadership class.

“Corruption also accounts for the huge infrastructure deficits which the nation suffers from and misallocations of resources,” he said.

Responding on behalf of the graduands, overall best graduating student, Miss Gift Silas, faculty of social management sciences/business administration, enjoined others to work hard and contribute to the society.

She said it was up to the graduands as future leaders, to work towards making the society a better place.

“We need to set good examples for those looking up to us. There have been difficulties and challenges, but they are stepping stones to achieving greater heights,” she said.

Five graduands bagged first class honours out of 36 graduands from the university. Dr Gbenga Oyebode was installed as Chancellor of Elizade University.