No amount of government funding is enough for education – Jonathan

By Post Nigeria December 15, 2014 15:59

No amount of government funding is enough for education – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has declared that the education sector has not been underfunded by his administration,

He gave this assertion in his address at the 40th Convocation of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, at the weekend.

President Jonathan charged Nigerian universities to join the Federal Government to tackle the numerous problems facing the country.

The President promised to do more for the sector as no amount of government funding is enough for education.

He urged university authorities to make good use of the available resources, and he also added that, “to overcome the financial crisis, our universities should make conscious efforts to use the existing resources more effectively and prudently by increasing efficiency.”

The Minister of State for Education, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, who represented the President, decried the inability of several admission seekers to secure placement and challenged the first generation universities to be deeply involved in proffering solutions to the different issues facing the university system in particular and tertiary education in general.

According to the President, the low global ranking of Nigerian institutions is another challenge facing the nation’s universities, lamenting that none of Nigerian universities had been rated among the best 100 universities in the world.

He advised students, staff and management of the nation’s ivory towers to brace up and be counted among the Ivy League Universities in the world.

The institution’s Pro-Chancellor, Prof. Rowland Ndoma-Egba, said the premier institution had continued to witness not only physical transformation, but re-invigoration of academic life by adapting modern technology in its research and teachings with a view to being in the vortex of 21st Century universities.

In his address, OAU Vice Chancellor, Prof Tale Omole, said the institution was conferring first degrees on 9, 094 students from 13 faculties, of who 127 made first class honors, adding that 2,755 students got Master Degrees, while 150 received doctors of philosophy (PhDs).