President Muhammadu Buhari says he is ready to hand over a Nigeria free of insecurity to the next administration.
Mr Buhari made the promise on Saturday at the 46th Convocation ceremony of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Represented by Biodun Saliu, the Director, Academic Planning at the National Universities Commission (NUC), Mr Buhari reaffirmed his commitment to the security of lives and property.
“We remain firmly committed to the security of lives, property and investment across the country.
“This administration will continue to confront all forms of banditry, criminality, terrorism and insurgency in the land.
“I promise to hand over a Nigeria that is free of insecurity to the next administration,” the president said.
He also reiterated his commitment to education, saying that his administration had pumped more funds into the nation’s tertiary education than previous governments.
According to him, the flagstaff of this regime remains the enhancement of higher educational institutions, as they are supportive of the efforts to promote training, research and community services in the universities.
The president said he expected that the nation’s universities should be problem-solvers and impact heavily on the socioeconomic life of the nation.
According to him, more premium has been placed on education and security and I have no intention of lowering the guard.
“In our determined effort to resolve the incessant strikes in our higher institutions of learnings, we have provided a total sum of N470.00 billion in the 2023 budget from our constrained resources, for revitalisation and salary enhancement.
“I want all of us to know and note that government alone cannot provide the resources required for funding tertiary education.
“In fact, in most countries, the cost of education is jointly shared between the government and the people, especially at the tertiary level.
“It is imperative, therefore, that we introduce a highly sustainable model of funding tertiary education.
“This government remains committed to the implementation of agreement reached with staff unions within the available resources, and we are resolute that we will not sign any agreement that we cant truthfully implement.
“Government is equally committed to improving the quality of education at other levels,” Mr Buhari said.
Source: Peoples Gazette
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