By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday hinted that the present administration in the country under his leadership will use education to fast-track the transition of Nigeria to a modern society.
The President dropped this hint in Ibadan at the at 2019 convocation and the 71st Foundation Day ceremony, award of doctorate degrees and conferment of honorary degrees and Fellowship on some Nigerians of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.
Represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission ,(NUC), Professor Abubakar Rasheed, the President pointed out that in doing this, his admintration would continue to substantially invest in education to make the country a knowledge-based economy.
“We will continue to invest substantially in education and government has not relented in its efforts to ensure that education is used to fast track Nigeria’s transistion to a modern society”, he said.
The President however advised the graduating students to contribute to nation building and be good ambassadors of the university, saying,” I charge you to make meaningful contribution for the development of the nation in particular and humanity in general.”
“It is my belief and prayer that the recognization of these prominent Nigerians especially Aare Afe Babalola will spur the graduating students to cultivate selfless service to humanity. One of the main purposes of the university education is nation building. To achieve this noble objective,you have to be good ambassadors of this school by deploying your skills for national growth and development.”.
President Buhari stressed that “the university and government at all levels have invested for you graduates to be useful for yourself,your parents, community and to the larger society. Here today we are celebrating an important milestone in your life. I therefore urge you all to justify the investment in you. We will continue to invest substantially in education and government has not relented in its efforts to ensure that education is used to fast track Nigeria’s transistion to a modern society”.
Pro-Chancellor of University of Ibadan, Nde Waklek Joshua Mutka in his address commended President Buhari for his commitment to welfare of Nigerian workers and the Oyo state Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde for unflinching support for the university.
The Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan Professor Idowu Olayinka in his address urged President Buhari to give attention to university of Ibadan for it to compete globally, adding that the institution would continue to provide sound education for the development of the country.