The President of Nigeria, Muhammad Buhari had on Saturday stated that the concern by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for improved welfare, infrastructure, funding and other contentious issues affecting the country’s universities are valid.
The President, who was represented by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the 70th Foundation Day event and award of certificates to PhD graduands and honorary doctoral degree awards to notable Nigerians by the University of Ibadan, however, started that the government could not do it alone.
Buhari called for alternative sources of funding education. He called on the managements of the various institutions in the country to device means of raising funds to meet their demands.
The President also agreed that the country’s education sector was underfunded but regretted that the FG could not meet all the demands of the lecturers.
He said basic issues such as population growth, climate and education calls for insightful thinking but education is a major source of concern to the federal government.
Also, according to Punch News, a former head of state, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd) who was also present at the event, called on members of the university community to continue to hold on to the tenets of academic excellence, integrity and patriotic zeal in the country.
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