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Nigerian universities to rank among global best in next 4 years–Jonathan


Jonathan-politics-Nigerian universities to rank among global best in next 4 years–Jonathan



Abuja, March 22, 2015 (NAN) President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed optimism that Nigerian universities would rank among the best in the world in the next four years, as a result of the ongoing transformation of the education system.

Jonathan, who featured in the Presidential Debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) on Sunday in Abuja, said that Nigerian universities had been equipped to compete with their foreign counterparts.

Jonathan said that education was a responsibility of both states and the federal governments, adding that the present administration gives support to the states through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

“We all feel bad that no Nigerian university was ranked but we are working seriously to change the trend.

“We have equipped most of our universities through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).

“We are talking about infrastructure that has failed over the years but with the way we are going, in the next four years our universities will compete with other universities across the world.

Also speaking, Mr Godson Okoye, the presidential candidate of United Democratic Party, decried the situation where people who had benefited from free education turned education to business.

“We must re-engineer education right from nursery schools; teachers training colleges must be revisited,’’ he said.

Prof. Oluremi Sonaiya, the presidential candidate of KOWA party, said the whole focus should not be on formal education but a broad-based education.

“Ignorance is one of the ills; KOWA will address formal and informal education; curriculum should be reviewed.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that five political parties-PDP, NCP, UPP, KOWA and UDP participated in the second session of the debate.(NAN)

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  • Babalakin

    Dear GEJ please stop cheap talks and dear press stop feeding us with cheap news without giving us a full view. Vision 2020, transformation agenda and all the grammatical jargon are all cheap marketing mantras that brings no good. Our leaders need to roll their sleeves and do the job of national building and not continuous cheap talks that we know are impossible in the context of their time and the value of the present government.

  • Asuquo Bassey

    President GEJ is not making cheap talks, he is doing it, he is building 14 new federal universities, several polytechnics and Colleges of Education. he build over 150 special schools for Almajiris, Massively funded Tertiary institutions both Federal and states owned institutions through TERFUND. He offered over 200 first class graduates scholarship to young Nigerians to study in any top 25 universities in the world. President GEJ is PhD holder, educationist and he know what he is doing and will do more for Nigeria, if he is re-elected. God bless Nigeria.

    • Layi Niyi

      Asuquo Bassey, the so called 14 university is not call university in advance nation. My daughter creche is far better than Jonathan 14 universities, wake up, don’t be too local

  • Mallam Sule

    A great man with a great vision for our educational sector, which he is so knowledgeable of that education is the bedrock for great minds and leaders. Like the good wise book says “my people perish because of lack of knowledge” Allah ya biya President Jonathan” Ameen

  • abibat musa

    GEJ really has a great vision for this country’s youth empowerment and education. This still goes to show the President’s resolve to a greater Nigeria by attending the debate, where important issues were raised and he outlined measures in line with his transformation agenda in boosting education and moving the country forward. Long live Nigeria!!!! #GEJ4NAIJA


    jonathan has better agenda for nigerians ,look at local content bill ,education,pil bill,roads and national confab report this are great achievements so far so good