By James Sowole in Akure
The federal government at the weekend restated its commitment towards supporting universities and other tertiary institutions to produce necessary manpower for the nation’s development.
President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this at the 28th convocation ceremony of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA).
He said despite the challenges confronting the nation, his administration had remained focused and resilient towards promoting teaching and research that would engender self-reliance and employability of young graduates
Represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, Buhari said the present administration in the country had embedded opportunities for job creation in the budget with focus on private sector, to afford young graduates the opportunity to leverage on the available entrepreneurial opportunities.
He said government would continue placing education on the front burner because of its role in national building.
“The change mantra of our administration can only be mentioned positively impacting if we individually and collectively place priority on doing what is right and honourable at all times.
“As government, we are poised to entrench accountability and purposeful leadership so that Nigeria can take its rightful place in the comity of nations.
“I, therefore urge the managers of our universities to further entrench in the fabrics of their institutions, change policies at all levels of governance and especially in the efficient and effective service delivery.”
The visitor commended the authorities of FUTA for the feat recorded in the launching of a Cube Satellite through collaboration with Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan and NASDA to ensure the nation participation in the unique network of global research and space outreach among many other projects being executed.
“It is my desire and expectation that the various organs of the university will continue to allow for sustained development and smooth running of universities as ivory tower and beacons of knowledge in our society should be at the vanguard of the charge by this administration for attitudinal change,” he said.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola, stated that FUTA had recorded many achievements in the last few years and commended the federal government for its strategic assistance and funding enjoyed by the institution.
He disclosed that no fewer than 85 graduands emerged in the First Class category during the 28th convocation of the school out of 4,790 graduands from various academic programmes in the 2015/2016 academic session.
According to the vice-chancellor, 1,044 graduands had second class upper division, 1,274 emerged in the second class lower division while 453 and 33 graduands had third class and pass degrees respectively, while 112 students had Ph.D degrees.
The vice-chancellor enjoined the graduands to be good ambassadors of the school, saying that they should impact positively their world.
Daramola also appealed to the striking workers of the institution to sheathe their sword and return to work