President Goodluck Jonathan insisted that the task of funding universities in Nigeria could not be left to government alone, advising university administrators in the country to continue to seek other ways of generating additional revenue needed to fund Research and Capital Development in their institutions.
Jonathan spoke yesterday through the supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike during the conferment of Higher Degrees and Award of Honorary Degrees of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN).
The Nigeria’s President noted that inadequate funding was not the only problem with the nation’s educational system, pointing out that to run a 21st Century Educational System, there was need to address the challenges of poor work ethics and prolonged industrial actions.
“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, the reality we face today is that the task of funding our universities cannot be left to government alone. Let me therefore reiterate my appeal to university administrators to continue to seek other ways of generating additional revenue needed to fund research and capital development in their institutions they administer.
“We must also admit that inadequate funding is not the only problem with our educational system. To run a 21st century educational system, we also need to address the challenges of poor work ethics and prolonged industrial actions,” he stated.
He said he was pleased that peace and normalcy had returned to the university and reiterated that federal institutions should not be seen as the property of the communities or states in which they are situated.
According to him, universities are international and universal learning centers where people of all races are given equal opportunities to excel.
Earlier in his speech, the Vice Chancellor of UNN, Prof. Bartholomew Okolo had disclosed that the number of doctorate and masters degrees awarded at the 43rd Convocation ceremony represented significant increases over the figures awarded at the 42rd graduation.