Sola Muyideen, Ilorin
The Founder of Al-Hikma University, Ilorin, Kwara State Alhaji AbdulRaheem Oladimeji has called on the federal government to sanitize and boost the business sector to facilitate employments for graduate youths in the country.
Oladimeji, a foremost industrialist made the call while briefing newsmen on the first founder’s day of the 10-year-old faith-based conventional university.
He lamented the absence of enabling environment that could aid the establishment of industries in the country, noting that with favourable policies by the government at all levels, the business sector would grow and expand and thereby create job opportunity for the university and other institutions’ graduates.
He said that the business sector is dying because the sector is fraught with dishonesty as emphasis is no more on quality but only on profit however noted that the government can save the situation by coming up with a policy that will sanitize the sector.
He said that it also largely requires the government intervention for the public and private industries that have gone moribund to be resuscitated adding that when the government takes all necessary actions that could encourage the rejuvenation and growth of the business sector, a lot of graduates would stop languishing in the labour market.
Oladimeji stressed that he diversified into education sector with the establishment of the Al-Hikma University because he appreciated that the best legacy one can bequeath to the young ones and future generation is education.
He explained that though the establishment of the university cost him some of his other properties, he was satisfied because he believes it is the lasting legacy he could leave behind.
The Jagumolu of Igbaja noted that the institution is run without foreign partnership, expressed gratitude to his friends and other people within the country whom he said gave him helping hands in the establishment and running of the institution.
He disclosed that, as a form of encouragement, he launched scholarship scheme for indigent students of the university as he also hinted that apart from the College of Law of the institution that has just been accredited, the school would soon embark on running of such programmes as Engineering and Agriculture.
Oladimeji enjoined the government to give priority attention to education, saying it is the only thing that can end poverty in the nation and discourage the youths from taking to criminal and anti-social activities.