Saturday, 22 October 2016

Wasteful Spending Era Is Over In Nigeria - Buhari Warns!

Updated 22 October, 2016
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, October 22, said that the wasteful spending era is over in Nigeria, NAN reports. This comes even as the president advised Nigerian universities to invest available resources into teaching, research and productive activities.

The president made this known in Ilorin, Kwara state capital at the 32nd convocation of the University of Ilorin. Represented by Chiedu Mafiana, executive director at the National University Commission, Buhari said it is the expectation of government that in the near future, universities should be self-reliant and provide substantial portion of their needed funds. 

According to him, his government is deeply concerned about developments in the nation’s universities. “Government is uncomfortable that our citadels of learning which should be training grounds for probity, social justice and decorum have become havens for gross indiscipline, cultism, sexual harassment, immorality, indecency, violence, unnecessary demonstrations and all forms of anti-social behaviours,” he said. 

The president called for proper communication between students and management to enable both parties interact, dialogue and consult freely. 

“This will help to engender peace, tolerance, orderliness, self-discipline, sobriety and attitudinal change in our institutions of higher learning,” he said.

Buhari also warned leaders of universities that they would be held responsible for every positive and negative actions in their respective institutions. 

However, the president told the graduands that the country did not have the means to provide jobs for every graduate, even as he appealed to them to strive to engage in one form of productive activity or the other. 

The president said the administration was doing everything possible to restructure the economy and change our ways of doings things. 

Also speaking at the ceremony, Vice Chancellor Prof Abdul Ganiyu Ambali, said the university would inaugurate 20 projects, 12 of them executed with Internally Generated Revenue. About 8,038 graduands were conferred with degrees  and diplomas. 

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