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Nigeria's former military head of state, Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria's former military head of state, Muhammadu Buhari
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Buhari promises improved budgetary allocation to education

Mfonobong Akpan

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday promised that education would receive the needed budgetary allocation in order to boost the education sector.

Buhari gave the assurance in Port Harcourt, at the 30th Convocation Ceremony of the University Of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT).

He said education was key to national development, and assured that his administration would provide new facilities, rehabilitate and upgrade existing ones.

“This administration will continue to support the Nigerian university system in ensuring that learning, teaching and research facilities are constantly upgraded and updated to compete with other global institutions.

“We will also strengthen the regulatory and funding agencies and position them for improved and effective service delivery.

“I call for support of corporate organisations, alumni associations, philanthropists and development partners to bridge the gap in government funding of our universities,” he said.

Buhari, represented by Prof. Julius Okojie, Executive Secretary of Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC), said the newly approved curricula in universities would address issues of skills acquisition and employment.