Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Jonathan holds meeting to reposition education sector

Okechukwu Onuegbu

President Goodluck Jonathan has convened a meeting of stakeholders at each of the six geopolitical zones in the country with a view to creating awareness on the government readiness to develop infrastructures in all the state and federal owned tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
Dr. Jonathan who assured Nigerians of his concern to implement policies and programmes to enhanced human capital development in the country, stressed that his administration is willing to glorify the country in all ramifications and to make it number one largest economies world-wide in the year 2020, through promotion of social and economic changes, qualitative education, employment, wealth creation and security of lives and properties.
 According to Dr. Jonathan, delays in infrastructural development at majority of the public higher institutions of learning were as a result of inability to access a-total of N50.1 billion of UBEC Funds in 2013; N34.043 billion in 2009 and 2012 respectively.
He therefore charged the citadel of learning to improve tremendously in their rates of accessing UBEC and TETFund grants so as to ensure quality education as this would influence the citizens of the country especially the young graduates.
The President was speaking at the 5th convocation ceremony of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), Igbariam Anambra state while underscoring determination of his administration to indulge in all policies aimed at standardization of all sectors of our economy, education specifically.
Speaking earlier, the University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Fidelis Okafor posited that the convocation was unique as it guarantees the graduands opportunity to receive certificate same time before proceeding to NYSC even as he enjoined them to register with the alma-mater’s alumni and to be a good ambassador of the institution wherever they find themselves.
On his part, COOU Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the governing council, ROF. Elo Amucheazi called for collaboration between the govertment and private undividuals to entrench quality education, overhauling of irresponsible staff and students for better.
While the university Chancellor, HRM, Major Gen. Felix Mujakperuo who donated the sum of N400,000 to the best graduating student; N200,000 each to the best graduating student in the faculty of law; best lecturer for the academic session and best for non academic lecturer in the academic session, enjoined the celebrants to face future with optimism and zeal as they will become leaders in their chosen careers.  
In a lecture entitled “energy and education development: problems and prospects”, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, the Federal Minister of Power said the government is working towards diversifying the country’s power sector in order to increase access to energy sector in its entirety.



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