Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU would no longer give automatic employment to any of its first class graduate again. With 45 first class at this year convocation, it would be hard to accommodate the figure.

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The Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awowolo University, Ile Ife, Prof. Bamitale Omole, yesterday said the university would no longer offer automatic employment to graduates who make First Class degree.

Omole who  linked the main reasons to dwindling economic situation biting badly, said in the past, the authority can absolve one to three first class but today the institution has had increased figures.

He noted that the idea of giving automatic employment to First Class graduates by the university was designed in the 1980s to retain them because they were not always willing to remain in the academics. But with 45 first class at this year convocation, it would be hard to accommodate the figure.