The Federal Government says it remains unwavering in its commitment to reforming the country’s education sector.
President Bola Tinubu made this known in Lokoja in an address at the sixth and seventh combined convocation ceremony of the Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State.
The President said he believed that financial autonomy and strategic partnership with the private sector was key towards achieving the needed reformation of the education sector as well as eradicating distrust caused by strikes among tertiary institutions workers.
Tinubu, who was represented by the Minister of Special Duties, Zaphaniah Jisalo, noted that his administration was inspired by the visions of the Federal University, Lokoja to become one of the top ten institutions in Africa with a mission to train employable graduates.
He lauded the management of the University for their efforts at ensuring a steady growth of the institution, noting that it had progressed from eleven programmes to fifty-three programmes across all faculties.
In his address at the occasion, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, said he had dedicated thirty percent of the budget to education in view of its important role in the development of an egalitarian society.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folashade Arike Ayoade, the governor explained that Kogi State University of Science and Technology, Osara and Kogi State University, Kabba, were established to address the university education needs of the people of the state.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi, disclosed that a total of 2738 students graduated with 61 of them bagging first class degrees.
Akinwumi said some land mark achievements were recorded in the areas of infrastructure, noting that the absence of critical infrastructure and essential services remained a major challenge to the growth of the university.
The vice chancellor therefore solicited the assistance of the Federal Government to develop the campus to make it conducive for work, teaching, learning and research.
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