The House of Representatives has ordered that first-class graduates from Nigerian institutions be given automatic employment so the country can retain her best brains.
A member representing Ahiazu/ Ezinihitte Mbaise Federal Constituency in Imo State, Emeka Chinedu Martins, moved the motion on the floor of the House on Wednesday.
The lawmaker said this would help the country retain her best brains to make meaningful contributions to the nation’s development instead of them leaving the country in droves.
Mr Martins, while making his submission, added that this would be a motivation for Nigerian students and graduates alike.
Speaking further on the motion titled ‘Need to Grant Automatic Employment to First Class Graduates,’ the lawmaker stressed that Nigerian universities produce hundreds of first-class graduates annually at the end of every academic year, but they are exported to other countries where they are allowed to maximise their potentials.
He lamented that a great percentage of them find it difficult to secure employment and contribute to nation-building, hence, they flee the country, thereby, enriching the human resources of those nations, leaving the nation at a loss.
“According to research, Nigeria has continued to unwittingly give away her best brains and intellectuals to other countries who, by virtue of their robust policies on a value system, reward diligence and excellence as can be seen in the exodus of medical professionals from Nigeria to other countries.
“Reports have shown in seeking admissions to universities, students consider countries such as the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, France, Australia, China, Canada as it increases their chances of being employed upon graduation,” he submitted.
Mr Martins argued further that if automatic employment is given to first-class graduates, this will serve as a source of motivation for students to work harder, it will also help reduce unemployment while helping the nation achieve its developmental goals.
The House of Reps therefore approved the motion and urged the Federal Ministry of Education to liaise with relevant government agencies to ensure employment for first class graduates of Nigerian institutions.