Nigerian government pledges to address challenges facing Universities

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja


The Nigerian government says it will continue to look into issues affecting universities in the country.

The government says it will give priorities to physical development and will continue to monitor the governance of the universities very closely

The Visitor to the University of Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Arch. Sonny Echono, said these at the 23rd Convocation Ceremony of the University of Abuja.

President Buhari emphasized that the essence is to ensure that available funds allocated to the universities are utilised judiciously.

He applauded the management of the university for stabilising the academic program, saying he is particularly impressed that the University of Abuja is now fully stabilised and running her activities bon an atmosphere of peace and harmony.

The fact that we are witnessing this event this year and we sis last year and previous years is an indication that the university has put behind it for good all those events that had disrupted  it academic calendar  few years back and making it difficult for the university to observe it convocation ceremony regularly

The President emphasized that the youths represent the promise and the future of Nigeria and they remain the most valuable asset of the country.

He reiterated the commitment of the federal government to addressing youth unemployment, saying short and term approaches have been adopted” he said.

 “This administration will not test on its hoarse until youth unemployment is reduced to its barest minimum.”President Buhari added.

President Buhari pledged the commitment of the present administration to improving the Infrastructural facilities in the university as well as promotes teacher development.

He made known the intention of the government to undertake curriculum review in tandem with the needs of the Nigerian society.

It’s in furtherance of this that I recently approved the disbursement of the sum of N208billion to Public Tertiary Institutions under the 2019 intervention of TETfund, he said

The objective of the government in its renewed drive to reinvigorate the education sector is to prepare the citizens towards creation of equitable society where individuals are geared towards self empowerment.

He charged the graduands to embrace the challenges & used the knowledge acquired to transform the society and contribute their quota to National development.

The Chancellor of the Varsity, Emir of Zazzau Alhaji (Dr) Shehu Idris congratulated the graduands saying, they must deploy the knowledge acquired in the most rewarding manner not just for themselves but for the benefit of the society.

He called on them to imbibe the culture of self reliance. “You should therefore explore the opportunity of judiciously applying the skills the spirit of enterprise acquired at the University for overall National Development.”

The Outgoing Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Micheal Adikwu, disclosed that the university of Abuja has graduated its second set of 22 medical doctors in September 2018 after the first set of 18 were graduated in December 2017.

He appealed to the government to consider the University for a Special Grant.

According to him, the university is still in a transition period and considering its strategic position in the federal capital there is need for further assistance by governments to facilitate the development plans f the university to a level befitting the nations federal capital”

In addition there is a need to urgently complete ongoing projects towards making the conditions for learning more conducive for our students,” The Vice Chancellor added.

University of Abuja graduated a total number of 5288 undergraduates and Post graduates students.

Among whom were 24 first class, 982 second class upper, 2498 second class lower, 1085 third class and 137 with pass degree”