BY PETER DURU
MAKURDI— President Goodluck Jonathan has stated that the federal government alone would not be able to fully fund all the universities in the country.
He, therefore, urged university authorities to seek enhanced funding through partnership with relevant agencies, foreign donors and organizations to augment the funding by government.
President Jonathan spoke weekend in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, at the 20th convocation ceremony and silver jubilee anniversary of the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, FUAM.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Macjohn Monye, he said, “government alone cannot fully fund all the universities in the country. I urge the various universities to partner foreign donors and also embark on activities that would enhance their funding.”
The President however added that his administration would continue to accord top priority to the education sector in view of its strategic importance to the social and economic growth of the nation.
He stated that the ongoing transformation of the Nigerian universities was aimed at repositioning the institutions to be at par with other institutions around the globe.
While commending the management of FUAM for keying into the agricultural transformation programme of the federal government through the establishment of extension services to aid rural farmers, he urged the institution to explore its full potentials to improve agricultural production in the country.
The President further charged the graduants to be good ambassadors of the institution and role models to others in order to impact their generation positively.
Earlier in his speech, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Emmanuel Kucha said the management of the institution had embark on various activities to improve on its internally generated revenue profile.
2,110 students of the institution graduated at the ceremony, while six of them earned First Class degrees