FG moves to make varsities self-sufficient
Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, yesterday, hinted at innovating tertiary education by giving universities the latitude to devise new sources of income.
Delivering an opening address at Nigeria’s Annual Education Conference (NAEC) in Abuja, the minister expressed the current administration’s displeasure towards ongoing attacks on education and recent gruesome murder of a female nursing student at the Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE).
Mamman said he had directed the vice chancellor to work with security agencies in fishing out the killers for possible prosecution.
The conference was convened for stakeholders to deliberate on enhancing entrepreneurial skills, vocational and technical education in Nigerian schools.
While applauding the conveners for their foresight, the minister observed that the gathering speaks to President Bola Tinubu’s vision of promoting technical and vocational education as a means of absorbing the millions of young school leavers, who complete primary and secondary education yearly, but could not secure admission into tertiary institutions.
His words: “My delight is underscored by the fact that this conference is taking place shortly after my swearing-in as the Federal Minister of Education, and at this early stage when my colleague, the Minister of State, Dr. Yusuf Tanko Sununu and myself are developing a template to define a strategic roadmap for the education sector, which when unfolded, we all will have a responsibility to implement.
“As you all know, President Bola Tinubu has publicly declared his commitment to overhaul the education sector as a matter of priority.”
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