Muhammad Buhari, President of Nigeria had said that education is the key element to the country’s industrialization and development.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the president made this known at the 44th convocation ceremony of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) over the weekend.
The President who was duly represented by the Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) noted that there is a great connection between education and industry in Nigeria. He said that the difference between industrialized economy and non-industrialized economy is education.
He charged authorities of universities across the country to ensure due diligence and probity in the management and disbursement of resources.
“We must not fail to realize that the key element of the country’s industrialization is education, as the difference between industrialized and non-industrialized economy is education.
“As it is in Nigeria today, there is a great disconnect between education and industry. This should not be so,” he said.
The president further gave assurances of his administration’s determination to work assiduously within the limit of its resources to bring about the desired transformation in the educational sector.
He however appealed to well-meaning parents and guardians as well as the institution’s Alumni to assist the administrators in creating the right atmosphere which is conducive for scholarship and academic excellence.
According to the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, a total of 11,832 graduates were presented with various degrees and certificates.