Buhari Pledges Increased Investments in Education

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Muhammadu Buhari
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Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Nsukka reaffirmed his administration’s commitment towards massive investments in education, insisting that anything short of that would greatly undermine the nation’s drive towards accelerated development.

This came as the President asked Nigerians to partner government to uproot the evils of corruption, economic sabotage, criminality, delinquency and other forms of indiscipline in the nation’s body polity.

The President spoke at the 47th Convocation ceremony of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Also, three Nigerians including the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar III, former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, and the chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia were honoured with honorary doctorate degrees in Law, Public Administration and Business Administration respectively.

The President, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah said his administration was mindful of the role education plays in the development of any society, vowing not to shy away from his responsibility towards the sector.

He said it was for that reason that government has been making increased budgetary allocations to the sector especially the tertiary education.

He said government appreciates the roles of the universities in the upliftment of the socio-economic life of the country, adding “that’s why we shall continue to give the necessary support to enable them achieve the objectives for which they were established.”

While noting that the universities have the potential and responsibility of training the necessary human capital to drive the various development initiatives of government, the president however urged them to reciprocate the noble gestures of government by striving at all times to measure up to the required standard to justify the monumental investments in them.

He urged the universities to define their roles and carve out a niche for themselves by designing programmes that will assist government in poverty reduction, creating employment opportunities, health promotion, application of new technologies in the advancement of knowledge and equality, protecting the environment, promoting sustainable human development as well as sustaining democracy and good governance.

To the graduands, the president asked them to take advantage of various aspects of the economic programmes of the Federal Government relevant to them by turning themselves into employers of labour; rather than searching endlessly for the white collar jobs which are not readily available.

He said the nation was in the process of revolutionary change, noting that universities must also key into the evolving ethical revolution because without discipline, law and order, no society can make meaningful progress.

In their separate addresses, the University Chancellor and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; Pro-chancellor, Chief Mike Olorunfemi and Vice Chancellor, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba expressed delight with the quantum of achievements recorded by the institute since inceptions, noting that some of the best brains in the country today took off from the University.

They said a total of 9,298, made up of 7,830 First Degree, Diploma and Certificate as well as 132 First Class graduands took part in the convocation.

Among the graduands were 1,468 Postgraduate Degrees and Diploma, including 331 Doctor of Philosophy Degrees; 982 Masters Degree and 155 Postgraduate Diplomas.

On their part, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar, former Governor Kalu and Ovia advocated an increased budgetary allocation to the education sector. The Sultan specifically asked that it be increased to 40 per cent.

While Kalu pledged to build and donate a Centre for Conflict Resolution where issues that border on Boko Haram insurgency, Biafra agitations and militancy will be discussed and resolved, Ovia on his part pledged automatic employment for best the graduating students in the Banking, Finance, Accounting and Economics departments of the institution with effect from next session.

  • remm ieet

    Government should revive education at lower levels, that is, at the primary and secondary schools. The culture of cheating to pass GCE must stop to help the pupils grow naturally. Then government should promote technical education and structure the apprenticeship scheme. Those who have no business in the university should not be made to feel useless. The University system should be supported with trillions of Naira in the budget. By now world class researches should be the vogue in the tertiary education sector. Research papers should not end up in the shelves of the universities. They should be available for policy processes and state society regeneration

    • William Norris

      The NATURAL WAY to reduce DEMAND for university education is to STOP SUBSIDIZING it and make it a FREE MARKET system. Government should privatize all universities OR at the very least transfer all the Federal owned institutions to STATE governments which will induce some COMPETITION.

      Do that and all the other things you put up there will evolve NATURALLY.

  • Chuma Anierobi

    Every thing is politics to Buhari and his team. Nigeria means nothing to the caliphate.

    • princegab

      The cool truth, thanks

  • vic

    YOU ARE BOTH THIEVES OF THE FIRST ORDER.

    MATTERS OF THE MOMENT:

    RE; BOTH BUHARI AND ATIKU ARE UNFIT AND TOO OLD FOR THE ASO ROCK AFTER 2019. IT IS TIME FOR THEM TO REST IN THEIR VILLAGES.

    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO MEN IS, ATIKU IS A RAW -THIEF AND A US RUNAWAY DOLLAR MONEY BAG AND BUHARI IS A SUBTLE THIEF AND FOREX FRAUDSTER WHO SHELTERS AND PROTECTS THIEVES UNDER HIS CORRUPT WINGS. THERE ARE NUMEROUS EXAMPLES OF THIS TRAIT OF BUHARI LIKE THE LIKES OF MAINA, BARU, TINUBU ETC., ETC. BUHARI IS EQUALLY AN UNJUST CORRUPT MAN SHAMELESSLY AND OPENLY AIDING AND ABETTING CORRUPTION AMONG HIS PARTY MEMBERS. ALSO THE RECOVERED LOOT IS BEINF CONSTANTLY RE-LOOTED BY BUHARI’S CABAL AND THAT IS THE MAIN REASON AS TO WHY THE LOOTED FUNDS ARE NOW BEING WITHHELD BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES LIKE, UK, US UNLESS THE USE OF THESE FUNDS IS MONITORED BY THE WORLD BANK OR THE COUNTRIES INVOLVED WHERE THE LOOT IS DEPOSITED. BUHARI HAS LOST ALL HIS CREDIBILITY FOR HIS MUCH HIKED WAR ON CORRUPTION WHICH HAS BEEN MAINLY TARGETED ON THE PARTY OPPOSITE OR AGAINST HIS PERCEIVED POLITICAL ENIMIES.

    BUHARI, AS WE HAVE ALREADY EXPERIENCED IN THE RECENT PAST, TELLS LIES BY LOOKING INTO YOUR EYES, PRACTISES DOUBLE STANDARDS AND DECEIVES NIGERIANS WITH IMPUNITY. FURTHERMORE, BUHARI IS A MUSLIM EXTREMIST WHO HAS DIVIDED NIGERIA ON RELIGIOUS GROUNDS. CONTINUED PRESIDENCY OF BUHARI BEYOND 2019 WILL BE A DANGEROUS THING TO DO. ALSO, AS AN ADVANCED AGE SICK MAN WITH FEEBLE SICKLY VOICE, THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT BUHARI, IF ELECTED AGAIN IN 2019, WILL SPEND A SUBSTANTIAL PART OF HIS PRESIDENTIAL TENURE IN A HOSPITAL IN LONDON. BUHARI SHOULD THEREFORE SEE THE GOOD SENSE IN FINDING HIS EXIT GRACEFULLY RATHER THAN BEING DISGRACED OUT FROM ASO ROCK LIKE CLUELESS JONATHAN.

  • Daniel Obior

    We want credible actions from this president and not false pledges, on education.
    His 2018 budget proposal has allocated a paltry 6% to education. This is piss poor compared to the UNESCO guideline of at least 26%, and also the over 20% voted for education in African countries like Kenya, South Africa, Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire.

    • vic

      BUHARI IS A COMPULSIVE LIAR AND AN OPPORTUNIST. HE MAKES STATEMENTS OF CONVENIENCE AT A PARTICULAR MOMENT IN TIME.
      BUHARI CANNOT BE TRUSTED, WE HAVE SEEN THAT IN THE PAST. BUHARI IS NOT A MAN OF HIS WORDS.

    • papred06

      6% is very poor especially with the educational mess in the North! No education means no designing which means no manufacturing which means no employment and no economy.

    • princegab

      Don’t believe pmb anymore. He is on 2019 campaign.

    • William Norris

      Where exactly is the Federal or State governments supposed to get money to invest in education?

      Over 75% of the Federal Budget goes to salary and overhead. The percentage is over 95% for most states.

      Where is this money going to come from?

      • Daniel Obior

        Simply by cutting down the size of government at all levels (federal, state and local). Our recurrent expenditure is far too high.

  • Anonymous

    Hahahahaha, lol, such seriousness and good intentions has not shown in the budget for education in three budgets expended so far, to make matters worse even the meager sum being budgeted for education receives only about 20% fund, the rest 80% just like most other ministries, pastataals and agencies, just like the aso rock clinic is being eaten up by the same corruption this government claims to want to fight to a stand still, on the contrary, the corruption is now both enedemic and systematic, instead of stopping the corruption, this government only redirected and replaced the beneficiaries, even the people surrounded in Buharis kitchen cabinet are notorious and scandalous racketeers.