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Buhari vows to deliver quality education, says N1.3trn spent on sector in past 4yrs

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Zaria, Kaduna State, assured that his government will continue to work hard to ensure it delivers on its commitments on quality education.

According to him, government “will continue to invest more resources in the sector and provide a conducive learning environment in the academia”.

The president, who spoke while commissioning the Post Graduate Centre of Excellence built by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, said the Federal Government has invested close to N1.3 trillion towards the development of the education sector in the past four years, excluding funds spent on overhead and personnel costs.

Commending the CBN for providing the Centre, sited at the Samaru campus of the institution, he said:

“By this exercise, we are building on the vision of the founder of this great institution, Late and great Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, who, as Premier of Northern Nigeria, established this institution almost six decades ago.

“It is on record that this University has made giant contributions towards the development of our nation and we remain grateful to the Founder of this vision.”

Expressing concern over the state of facilities in Nigerian universities, due to long years of perennial funding challenges, the president promised that his administration will continue to place premium on education at all levels.

“It is no longer a secret that the state of facilities in our universities and other institutions of higher learning have not kept pace with the requirements of the ever-growing population of students and other stakeholders or with modern methods of learning.

“This has largely been due to the perennial funding challenge over the years. As an administration, we are committed and determined to continue to fund our vital institutions, even in the face of limited financial resources.

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“Let me reiterate here that this administration places much premium on education at all levels, as it is the bedrock of society’s progress, and the way to overcome poverty,” he said.

The president expressed confidence that efforts at improving access to quality education in tertiary institutions will enable young Nigerians to make meaningful contributions towards the nation’s development.

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