President Muhammadu Buhari has advised Nigerian youths to prioritise staying in the country and salvage their motherland.

Newsmen reports that Buhari made this known on Saturday, December 14, at the 44th convocation ceremony of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife.

We gathered that the president was represented by Suleiman Raman-Yusuf, the deputy executive secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC).

He said: “It is high time that universities took more proactive roles in ensuring that graduands perform more meaningfully in the world of works.

“It is in view of this that we wish to exhort our youths to start looking inwards, stay and advance the cause of their motherland. We have no other country than Nigeria. We should remain here to salvage the country together.”

Speaking on the importance of quality education as a key factor to secure Nigeria’s future, President Buhari said the government needs support with funding education. He, therefore, called on the public universities in the country to increase their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to enhance sustainable education.

In his remarks, Eyitope Ogunbodede, the university’s vice-chancellor, announced that the university is currently reviewing the curricular of all academic programmes, in line with current developments and standards. Ogunbodede added that emphasis was being placed on training job creators and not mere job seekers.

He also used the opportunity to inform the gathering that the university would no longer be dependent on the national grid, as it would soon generate its own electricity.


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