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Varsity education: Minister wants more partnership with private sector

By Favour Nnabugwu

Minister of Education, Professor Ruqqayatu Ahmed Rufai has called on organised private sector to continue to partner with the Federal Government in creating access to education by establishing private institutions.

The Minister who made the call during an official visit to Baze University in Abuja noted that government alone cannot shoulder the responsibility of creating access to education for the teeming Nigerian youths.

She said the Federal Government has in the last three years as part of efforts to create access to university education established 12 federal universities, licensed nine private universities and three state universities.

Professor Rufai after a tour of the facilities at Baze University commended the management of the university over what she described as access creation with quality assurance.

Her words; “I must say that we are impressed with what we have seen. I have already said kudos to the university management and students that the university has been established both in terms of improving access at the same time with the requisite qualities that we require.

It is in line with the transformation agenda of Mr. President. If you can recall, in the last two, three years, he has established 12 federal universities and he has issued licence to nine private universities including Baze University and three state universities.

”She thanked the proprietor of Baze University and called on others to “come out and support government in establishing institutions for the benefit of our youths that are graduating without requisite carrying capacity to be in any of our institutions”

”The future of private universities is bright and the future of education is bright. I always say that. Education is really having a good time now with Mr. President giving all the support in the transformation agenda and with partners that we have like Baze University and other universities. If we have more that can come on board, the future is very bright”.

While speaking, Founder of Baze University, Senator Yusuff Datti Baba-Hamed noted that quality and good governance are what stand out the university among other private universities in the country.


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