The Underutilization of Academic Qualifications by Southern Kaduna People in Kaduna State, Nigeria

by | Jul 3, 2023 | 5 comments

In Kaduna State, Nigeria, the underutilization of academic qualifications among the Southern Kaduna people has emerged as a concerning issue. Despite obtaining higher education degrees, a significant number of individuals from this region are struggling to effectively utilize their academic qualifications to contribute to their communities and the broader society. This underutilization not only hampers individual progress but also impedes the overall development and growth of the region. In this article, I will discuss the factors contributing to the underutilization of academic qualifications, analyze the impact and make recommendations. I will also appreciate your contributions in the comment section.

Factors Contributing to the Underutilization of Academic Qualifications

One of the primary challenges faced by Southern Kaduna elites apart from the insecurity, is limited access to employment opportunities that match their educational qualifications. The dearth of suitable jobs in the region forces many highly qualified individuals to settle for menial or low-skilled positions, which fail to harness their full potential. Additionally, the inadequate infrastructure, limited resources, and lack of industries in the region further exacerbate the problem.

Another crucial factor contributing to the underutilization of academic qualifications is the mismatch between the skills acquired through formal education and the practical skills required in the job market. The curriculum often fails to incorporate relevant industry-specific skills, leaving graduates ill-prepared to meet the demands of the labor market. This disconnect between academia and industry perpetuates the cycle of unemployment or underemployment among the Southern Kaduna elites.

Impacts and Solutions

The underutilization of academic qualifications has severe consequences for both individuals and society. On an individual level, it leads to frustration, demotivation, and a loss of faith in the education system. From a societal perspective, it perpetuates a cycle of underdevelopment and deprives communities of the benefits that educated elites can bring, such as innovation, leadership, and improved governance.

Addressing this issue requires collaborative efforts from various stakeholders. The government must invest in diversifying the local economy, fostering entrepreneurship, and creating a conducive business environment. Educational institutions should incorporate practical training and career counseling into their curriculum, equipping students with the necessary skills for the job market. Civil society organizations can play a vital role in facilitating mentorship programs, connecting job seekers with employers, and advocating for policies that promote the optimal utilization of human capital.

To combat this issue, it is imperative to enhance collaboration between educational institutions, industries, and government agencies. This collaboration can help ensure that academic programs are tailored to equip students with the necessary practical skills and knowledge demanded by the job market. Moreover, creating an enabling environment for investment and industrial growth in the region will generate employment opportunities, making better use of the academic qualifications possessed by Southern Kaduna elites.


Firstly, the government and private sector should collaborate to create more job opportunities that align with the skills and qualifications possessed by Southern Kaduna people. This can be achieved through targeted investments in sectors such as education, technology, agriculture, and entrepreneurship, providing a platform for individuals to apply their academic knowledge effectively.

Secondly, fostering entrepreneurship and supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can empower Southern Kaduna people to utilize their qualifications to establish businesses that contribute to economic growth. Providing training programs, access to capital, and mentorship opportunities will enhance their entrepreneurial capabilities, enabling them to drive innovation and create employment opportunities for others.

Thirdly, promoting research and development within the region is crucial. Establishing research institutes and encouraging collaboration between academia, industry, and government will create avenues for Southern Kaduna elites to engage in meaningful research and contribute to solving local challenges.

Lastly, investing in continuous education and professional development programs can enhance the skills and knowledge of Southern Kaduna elites, making them more competitive in the job market and equipping them to address evolving societal needs.


The underutilization of academic qualifications among the Southern Kaduna elites in Kaduna State, Nigeria, represents a significant impediment to individual growth and regional development. Although addressing this issue and implementing these recommendations requires a multifaceted approach that includes improving access to suitable employment opportunities, aligning academic curricula with industry-specific needs, and fostering an environment conducive to economic growth, taking concerted actions can harness the full potential of educated individuals, reduce insecurity,  and pave the way for a prosperous future that will benefit not only the region but the state and the nation as a whole.

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  1. Gambo Sunday

    Good one Bros , God will give you more Wisdom.

  2. Emmanuel Mbah Ya'u


    I enjoyed reading your article with a very CATCHY TITLE and a well articulated content.

    In as much as I would agree with you on the approach, some vital issues very connected to the real ‘Client’ on stage or in question, were left unattended to and worthy of mentioned include but not limited to, Ego, Dynamism, over depending on Government/White-collar Jobs, Lack of self esteem, under-socialization, etc.

    Gone are those days when certification were the order of the Day. Leave no doubt in mind that we surpassed so many era and generations related to the “KALAMAZOO’S SYSTEM” of doing things. We are in a “SABI-FICATE” Generation.

    Yes, a generation of ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY currently, “ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE” (AI). Almost everything, if not Everything, is in the VIRTUAL WORLD.
    The INTERNET has taken over whether we are in compliance or still dragging with our ancestors inheritance, the WORLD ORDER TODAY remains the reality. The earlier we connect with it motion the better ‘mercy’ we shall enjoy. Time does not and, have never waited for any one talk less of situation.

    Therefore, let’s harness every opportunity available and in reality since, “a journey of ten kilometres begins with one”, as they use to say.
    Big thing starts with small.

    Charity, they said, begins at Home. I am committed to contributing my quarter when need arises. Thanks for this platform and the opportunity to air my view.🙏

    • Shadrach Swante Kambai

      Mr. Emmanuel, I sincerely appreciate your honest analysis and your view is very credable.
      I am on the same page with you on the SABIficate drive. However, I am of the opinion that we as a people need to re-think our approach to this rush for certificate without acquiring the requisite competence, skill, and the will to commercialize the knowledge acquired to benefit us.
      Looking forward to reading from again soonest

      • Emmanuel Mbah Ya'u

        Exactly, my good brother Shadrach, COMMERCIALIZE Cum ENTREPRENEUR In our minds set.
        Thanks for your understanding


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