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Published On: Tue, Nov 27th, 2018

Buhari urges prudent management of education fund

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By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

President Muhammadu Buhari, has tasked the management of Nigerian Universities to be prudent in the management of resources.
He said his administration was determined to adequately fund education as key element to the country’s industrial development.
Buhari, represented by Isha’aq Oloyode, Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), made the remark at the 44th Convocation ceremony of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) in Benin-City, Edo State.
The president who said in Nigeria there is a great disconnect between education and industry, noted that the difference between industrialized economy and non-industrialized economy is education.
“We must not fail to realize that the key elements of the country’s industrialization is education, as the difference between industrialized and non-industrialized economy is education. As it is in Nigeria today, there is a great disconnect between education and industry. This should not be so”, he said.
He said, the actions will be geared towards promoting quality teaching and purposeful research in the areas of comparative advantage and entrenched academic integrity, eliminate poor attitude to work and stamping out cultism and gangsters in the nation’s universities.
He assured that his administration’s determination to work assiduously within the limit of its resources to bring about the desire transformation in the educational sector.
The president, however appealed to well-meaning parents and guardians as well as alumni of the university to assist the administrators in creating the right atmosphere conducive for scholarship and academic excellence.
He opined that is the only way higher institutions can impact positively on the society.
Earlier, the chancellor of the university, Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano, commended the present federal government for providing the enabling environment for enthronement of peace and uninterrupted academic calendar in the nation’s universities.
Sanusi, also commended the federal government for its sustained interest in the development of the education sector, especially tertiary education.
He however appealed to the federal government to fulfill all its obligations to the universities staff unions to forestall future disruption of the academic calendar.
He called on parents and guardians to join hands with the university administration in its quest to discourage youths from being used as thugs to rig the 2019 general elections for politicians.
According to him, we are all aware that during the first quarter of next year, elections to various offices will,be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). With the benefit of hindsight, we all know that it has become the norm for many politicians, in their desperation to win elections at all cos, to resort to tertiary institutions to recruit our youth to serve as political thugs.
“Our youths must not allow themselves to be used in illegal activity that endanger their lives and the lives of innocent citizens”, he stated.
In his address, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Faraday Friday Orumwense, said a total of 11,832 graduates were presented with various degrees and certificates.
Orumwense, said a total of 134 bagged first class, 2,122 bagged second class upper, 4,864 second class lower, 1,156 third class, one with pass, 240 with PhD, 2,207 masters, 559 with PGD among others.

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