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Buhari tasks tertiary institutions on SDGs 2030

By Oluwaseun Akingboye, Akure
03 December 2018   |   4:10 am
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged tertiary institutions to intensify efforts on the actualisation of the Sustainable Development Goals...

Emir of Bauchi, Akeredolu, others laud FUTA
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged tertiary institutions to intensify efforts on the actualisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for economic growth and national development of the nation.

Buhari, who stated this during the combined 29th and 30th convocation ceremonies of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) at the weekend, urged them to key into the entrepreneurial/technology policy of the Federal Government.

The President, represented by the Director of Accreditation, National Universities Commission (NUC), Dr. Noel Saliu Biodun, said the roles of universities in economic growth and national development could not be under-estimated.

According to him, “In this age of ICT, we believe that our universities of technology are pivotal to the actualisation of our national development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.”

Buhari, who reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government towards developing the education sector through infrastructural development and increased funding of the universities, said: “Government is also determined to improve access to the quality of our educational system. While government will conscientiously play its role to place Nigerian universities on a higher pedestal, it will continue to provide necessary interventions for infrastructural development, training and retraining of members of staff and research through the instrument of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and other sources.”

Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu lauded FUTA management and students for the educational excellence, assuring them that the state government would continue to partner with them for ICT revolution and development.

However, while the FUTA Chancellor and Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji (Dr.) Rilwan Suleiman Adamu, commended the institution for churning out quality undergraduates who had been making remarkable exploits in all facets of life, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Fuwape, implored the graduands to be worthy ambassadors and give back to their alma mater.