BY BASHIR ADEFAKA
ABEOKUTA-The Federal Government, Sunday, reiterated its commitment to quality education in Nigeria, even as it acknowledged that private participation in education in the country had been a huge success.
Vice President Namadi Sambo stated this at the 3rd Convocation of the Crescent University, Abeokuta, where he, along with six other eminent Nigerians including the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III and former President Shehu Shagari, was honoured with honourary doctorate degree by first Islamic university in Southern Nigeria.
Sambo noted the immeasurable contributions the Nigerian education sector had witnessed since private organizations’ involvement in education promotion in the country.
The vice president, who was represented at the occasion by the Minister of State for Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike, spoke even as President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, donated N50 million, a 250-bed capacity hostel and a well-equipped mosque named, Masjid Aliko Dangote, to help boost quality education and moral attitudes of students of the university.
Vice President Sambo said the interest in education development, “explains the government’s great support for private organizations establishing institutions at this time. Much as the government is willing to progress tertiary education which is highly expensive, as evidenced in the recent establishment of nine new federal universities, we cannot possibly do it alone.
“It is a known fact that resources in all our tertiary institutions cannot adequately cater for the increasing number of qualified candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions,” which was one of the areas, he said, the emergence of private institutions had been very commendable.