No Nation Can Achieve Accelerated Development Without Stable, Respectable University System — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buahri

President Mohammadu Buhari has declared that no nation can achieve accelerated development without a stable and respectable university system stressing that universities have the potential and responsibility of training the necessary human capital to drive the various development initiatives of the government.

The President who made the declaration at the 33rd and 34th combined convocation of the University of Jos over the weekend said the celebrations were a reflection of the Commitment of his administration to the education sector and his firm belief that sustainable development can only be guaranteed by the quality of a nation’s human capital development.

President Buhari who was represented by the executive secretary National University Commission (NUC) Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed pointed out that challenges in infrastructure are being addressed by the needs assessment programme of Nigerian public universities as well as massive interventions by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund and station allocations of institutions noting that gradually tertiary institution in the country are becoming models of excellence in global education landscape.

“Under the current administration, no fewer than eighty-three (83) internal road projects have been constructed by the government and its agencies across the nation’s federal tertiary institutions. In reciprocating the government’s huge investments in the education sub-sector, the nation’s universities must offer us a requisite roadmap for overcoming the world of poverty, deprivation, and despair.”

According to him, among the notable achievements of the University of Jos that have attracted the attention of the government over the years are the excellent performances of its academic programs, which include law, medicine, pharmacy, theatre, and film arts.

He said other achievements include the grant of USD$2 million in 2023 by the Carnegie Corporation of New York; breakthrough findings in the area of malaria and snake venom research; and more recently, the landmark strides made as part of the consortium of researchers involved in the development of a homegrown COVID-19 vaccine, funded by the 2021 Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund Mega Research Grant (Vaccine Production)).

The President appealed to the various staff and students on campus to consider themselves partners in progress in the onerous task of repositioning the university system for optimal productivity and quality service delivery.

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