President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Nsukka, Enugu reaffirmed his administration’s readiness to arrest the present decline in the quality of education in the county, even as he challenged the organised private sector to join hands with government to help restore the fallen standard of education.
The president who spoke at the 45th Convocation of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) held at Nsukka Campus said government alone cannot fund education but would continue to provide an enabling environment for teaching, learning and research.
Buhari whose address was read by the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Gozie Anwukah enjoined university teachers to delve more into research with a view to uplifting the standard of education in the country.
This came as the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi, Ojaja II was formally installed as the new Chancellor of the UNN.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the UNN, Prof. Benjamin Chukwuma Ozurumba said no fewer than 15,883 graduates were awarded various degrees and certificates while in postgraduate category, a total of 2,329 earned Higher Degrees and post-graduate Diploma.
Ozurumba said he was happy that UNN had been graded the best university in Nigeria and among the best 2000 universities in the world in the latest Webometries ranking in January 2016.
The highlight of the occasion was the formal installation of the Ooni as the new Chancellor of the UNN. The Royal Father was also honoured with Honorary Doctorate degree. Among other eminent Nigerians who were honoured by UNN were the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Anichebe, Ambassador Godwin Alaoma, Prince Arthur Eze and Justice Eze Ozobu (rtd). Also, a total of 19 Professors who had served the university meritoriously were honored as Professor Emeritus.