According to newsmen, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday lamented the falling standard of education, saying the situation must be arrested.
President Buhari, who spoke during the 45th convocation ceremony of the University of Nigeria, held at the Nsukka campus, Enugu State, said the current war against corruption would be taken to all sectors of the country, including the universities.
He said administrators of tertiary institutions must ensure transparency, accountability and honesty in the running of the education sector to bring back its lost glory.
Nigerian universities should ensure that graduates produced meet international standard.
Represented by the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka, the president said his government would prioritise research culture among universities.
He said his administration will also emphasise technical training, adding that the nation cannot make progress without investing in education.
“We will place emphasis on funding and planning. Universities have the potential of reducing unemployment. Nigeria cannot achieve development without investing in education. Universities should develop patriotic ideas among students,” he said.
He added:”We will sustain human capital initiative as part of the development strategy and ensure accelerated development in all facets of human endeavour. However, government alone cannot continue to fund the education sector. All hands must be on deck”.