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President
Muhammadu Buhairi yesterday Saturday made a point that the era of wasteful
spending was over and  advised Nigerian universities to plough available
resources into teaching, research and productive activities.

According to Daily trust,The
president, represented Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, Executive Director at
the  National University Commission, spoke in Ilorin at the 32nd
convocation of the University of Ilorin.
According
to him, it is the expectation of government that in the near future,
universities should be self-reliant and provide substantial portion of
their needed funds.
Buhari also said that government was deeply concerned about developments in the nation’s universities.
“Government is uncomfortable that our citadels of learning which should be training grounds for probity, social justice and decorum have become havens for
gross indiscipline, cultism, sexual harassment, immorality, indecency,
violence, unnecessary demonstrations and all forms of anti-social
behaviours.”
The
president stressed the need for a proper communication channel between
students and management to enable both parties interact, dialogue and
consult freely.
“This
will help to engender peace, tolerance, orderliness, self-discipline,
sobriety and attitudinal change in our institutions of higher
learning.’’
Buhari
warned leaders of universities that they would be held responsible for
every positive and negative actions in their respective institutions.
He told the graduands that the country does
not have the means to provide jobs for every graduate.
Buhari
appealed to them to strive to engage in one form of productive activity
or the other, adding that the present economic recession is not
peculiar to Nigeria.
He said the socio-economic situation has been brought about our collective failure
as a people, dependency on oil exports to the exclusion of other products.
The
president explained that the administration was doing everything
possible to restructure the economy and change our ways of doings
things.
The
Vice Chancellor, Prof Abdul Ganiyu Ambali, said that the university
would inaugurate 20 projects, 12 of them executed with Internally
Generated Revenue.
He appealed to the grduands to be hard working and be active in the university alumni activities.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 8,038 grduands were conferred with degrees  and diplomas. (NAN)
Source: Daily trust

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