- President Muhammadu Buhari has directed specialised universities to return to their original mandate
- According to him, most of the universities set up for training specialised manpower have veered off from their original mandate
- He opined that returning back to their mandate would ensure that graduates of these institutions would be self-reliant upon graduation and contribute to economic growth
Specialised universities have been directed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, April 8, to return to their original mandates in producing specialised manpower for the nation’s industrial need, The Nation reports.
The president gave the directive at the 30th convocation of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO).
NAIJ.com gathers that Buhari, who was the visitor to the ceremony, and was represented by the minister of state for education, Prof Anthony Anwuka, lamented that most of the universities set up for training specialised manpower have veered off from their original mandate.
He stated: “Universities of Technology were deliberate creations of the federal government to promote science and technology development in Nigeria. They are expected to champion skills dissemination and promotion of indigent technologies with a view to producing graduates who would be self-reliant and entrepreneurial.
“However, over the years, some of these specialised universities veered off their original mandate and have concentrated on producing graduates that are skill deficient and largely dependent on the few existing white collar jobs.
“It is against this backdrop that the federal government has mandated all specialised universities to return to their original mandates for which they were established.”
Buhari opined that this would go a long way in bridging the skills gap as “graduates of these institutions would be self-reliant upon graduation and contribute to the growth of our economy.”
The president hailed FUTO’s management for their commitment to producing quality manpower for the nation’s industrial sector, as he stated that the institution is one of the few which have remained focused on the core mandate of its establishment.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari promised that his administration will see to the development of the Niger Delta region as he signed a bill for the establishment of a University of Petroleum.
In a statement signed by Garba Shehu who is the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, the president was quoted as saying he was committed to the development of the region.
With the signing of the bill into law, the path has been cleared for the establishment of the specialised university in the Niger Delta, charged with training and research in petroleum technologies.
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