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ICSAN, Babcock sign MoU on skills acquisition

By on February 22, 2013

The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Babcock University on ICSAN/degree linkage programme.

This is to prepare their students for work place in secretarial practice as they graduate, according to a statement by the institute on Friday.

The decision, it said, was informed by the fact that most graduates usually lacked the necessary skills for the labour market.

The President of the Institute, Mr. Olatunde Busari, was quoted in the statement as saying at the signing ceremony of the MOU that the agreement would be mutually beneficial as ICSAN would attract more membership, just as the university would make a difference in skills acquisition for its students.

He stressed that education and professionalism formed the bedrock of social and economic development of any nation.

Busari explained that students of higher institutions were potential professionals and were required to be introduced to professional institutions such as ICSAN.

According to him, it is no longer news that the standard of education in Nigeria has fallen to a disgraceful level and graduates of higher institutions are no longer found attractive for employment.

The ICSAN boss said that this was a reflection of the larger society and Nigerians owed it a duty to ensure that the standard of education in Nigeria was revived.

He said that products of the nation’s universities and institutions of higher learning should not be liabilities to the nation and their employers.

He said he had no doubt that the signing of the MoU would foster the relationship between the two institutions.

President and Vice Chancellor of Babcock University, Prof. Kayode Makinde, said with the decay in the educational system, the university was out to begin a gradual process of correcting the anomaly.

He said the institution was prepared to extend the duration of courses from four years to five years to accommodate the curriculum by the professional bodies.

Makinde said the idea was to get the students prepared for the labour market.