Buhari to universities: Find lasting solution to secessionist bids

Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka

Bells Varsity Chancellor Advocates Comprehensive Education Financing
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, tasked universities to, as a matter of urgency, carry out research to identify what has led to the lingering demands for secession, which is threatening the country’s unity.

Buhari, who gave the charge during the 22nd/23rd convocation ceremony of University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom, wondered why Nigerians should be drawing inferences from other countries that were fractured.

Speaking through the Minister of State, Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka, the President said the indiscriminate calls across the country for secession was unacceptable and unconstitutional, and that it was time for the elite and political class to come into the scene to heal and reconcile the nation.

While saying there are many countries that have remained united and indivisible, Buhari noted that many countries making waves today, does so because of their serious investment in research, as he disclosed that the Federal Government through TETFund made available more than N3b for scholarly researches.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Enefiok Essien, said in spite of daunting challenges facing the institution, such as funding, security, inadequate staff and truncating of staff salaries, the institution aims at ranking among the best in the country and the world at large.

Meanwhile, the Chancellor of Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, has canvassed the need for total and comprehensive financing of the education for the sector to regain its lost glory.

Speaking at the 9th Convocation of the institution, yesterday, he expressed serious concern over the decay in the nation’s institutions of higher learning.



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