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Buhari, Sultan charge varsities on transformation

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, yesterday in Ibadan challenged Nigerian universities to be effectively involved in finding solutions…

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, yesterday in Ibadan challenged Nigerian universities to be effectively involved in finding solutions to the emerging new paradigms by leveraging on technology to improve on the socio-economic development of the country.
They were at the University of Ibadan for the university’s 67th Foundation Day and convocation ceremonies where the sultan was installed Chancellor of the institution and conferred with an honorary doctorate degree in Law.
President Buhari who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo reiterated the commitment of the present administration to shape the future of the country through a three-prong approach on creativity, technology and character, pledging better days ahead for Nigeria.
 He urged Nigerians to imbibe good character which according to him, is very important in reforming the country.
Listing the challenges confronting the country to include infant mortality, extreme poverty, insecurity, climate change,  rabid activities of terrorists, the president urged the universities to proffer necessary solutions to them.
Buhari assured that government on its part would devote its budget to technology, power, transportation, access to solar power, promotion of entrepreneurship and small scale businesses while submitting that the future of Nigeria is bright.
Sultan Abubakar lauded Buhari’s change mantra and tasked Nigerian universities to key into the ongoing reform process in the overall interest of the country.
  “It is essential for our educational institutions and our universities, especially the University of Ibadan, to marshal their expertise, their experiences and their vast resources to actively engage in this process with a view to moving this nation forward”, he said.
 He urged the university to support government through research in tackling the menace of insecurity created by the Boko Haram insurgents.
 

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