Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has stated that the state will establish Tertiary Education Trust Fund to address the challenges facing the tertiary education sectors in the state.
He stated at this at the 2nd combined convocation ceremony of IBB University at the weekend, even as he cautioned against the development and introduction of too many conflicting and confusing national educational policies, in order to reposition the education sector for effective societal development.
The governor pointed out that functional education remains the main factor for a positive change of the country’s developmental narratives and stressed that lip service should no longer be made in the sustainance of the sector.
He said, “we must move away from lip service and wishful thinking. We should take practical steps to reposition the education sector in this country and not necessarily developing too many conflicting and confusing national educational policies”.
Consequently,the governor said his administration is to establish a Tertiary Education Fund, in order to rescue and improve the status of tertiary education in the state.
He pointed out that his administration placed priority on tertiary education and especially, the state owned University whereas he was not unaaware of the challenges facing the University.
While claiming to have ncreased funding to the institution twice in the last three years, aside other developmental projects being undertaken by the government, the governor said, it has enabled the University to meet its responsibilities to research, clear all outstanding earned academic allowances, ensure prompt payment of staff wages and helped to mitigate management and staff face-off.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Muhammad Nasiru Maiturare disclosed that the convocation was a combination of four sets of graduands (2014-2017),adding that out of the 6,348 students who were convocated, 29 bagged First Class Honours Degree, 1,281 earned Second Class Upper, 3,290 in Second Class Lower category, 1,613 in Third Class while 135 obtained Pass Degree.
He also disclosed that out of the 118 Postgraduate students, 82 had Postgraduate Diploma while 36 graduated with Masters degrees.
Also in his remarks, the Pro-Chancellor, IBBUL, Dr Mohammed Kudu Santuraki commended Governor Sani-Bello for his visionary, dynamic leadership and support to the University. He added that “ in the exhilarations of success being achieved, there is still need to work assiduously to improve on the current status and expand infrastructural facilities for the school to achieve it’s objectives”.
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