Buhari approves N208bn for varsity infrastructure

President Muhammadu Buhari,  on  Saturday, said he had approved the disbursement of N208bn to federal universities for infrastructure.

The President said the approval was done under the 2019 intervention of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund  to “address the deficiencies in all the segments of our educational system.”

Buhari said these at the 23rd convocation of the University of Abuja, where he was represented by  the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono.

The President, who is the Visitor to the school, said the university system must search for solutions to the nation’s developmental needs.

Buhari said, “The ability of Nigeria with its huge population to overcome its present challenges of development no longer depends on petroleum resources but on the ability of the country to develop its human capital. The present administration will continue to improve on the infrastructural facilities in the universities, promote teacher development and curriculum review.

“It is in furtherance of this that I recently approved the disbursement of N208bn to public tertiary institutions under the 2019 intervention of the TETFUND.

“The government will continue to look into the issues raised by the universities, especially regarding physical development and will equally monitor the universities closely.”

UNIABUJA Vice-Chancellor, Prof Michael Adikwu, said 4,946 students graduated from the institution with 24 first-class.

He said, “The total is made up of 4,725 undergraduates and 221 postgraduate students from the 2017/2018 session. We have 982 Second Class Upper and 2,498 Second Class Lower degrees. A total of 68 have doctoral degrees while 233 were awarded master’s degrees.”
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