The Executive Secretary, of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof Julius Okojie, said on Thursday that the commission will establish a portal for Ph.D holders in order to facilitate their engagement in the Nigerian university system,
Speaking at an interactive dinner with newsmen in Abuja, OKojie said it was worrisome that Ph.D holders were unemployed when their services were needed in the universities.
According to him, many Ph.D holders visit his office looking for job, hence the need for a portal that where their data would be uploaded for easy access to any university that may need their services.
“It is amazing seeing the number of Ph.D holders that come to my office and say they are looking for jobs.
“On the other hand, many universities are looking for Ph.D holders to employ; we will create a portal that will serve as a pool from which the universities can engage such people.’’
He said that the nine newly approved private universities had been directed to institute a credible staff enrolment programme.
On the establishment of many of the private universities in Ogun State, he said they were all on merit, adding that several other factors might have informed the decision of the proprietors to site them in favour Ogun State.
“Ogun State has a good access from many states; Lagos does not have land anymore but it has a very huge population.
“Lagos in very close to Ogun and the proprietors look at the facilities in Lagos such as the international airport, seaport, and transportation, among others,’’ Okojie said.
The four of the nine new private universities are located in Ogun.