- Nigerian leaders have been asked to start building more prisons and cemeteries if they fail to invest in education
- According to Governor Seriake Dickson, Nigerians are hungry for good and quality education
- Dickson said universities in the country cannot afford to be cheaper than the nursery and primary schools
The Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, on Thursday, January 31, declared that Nigerian leaders should embark on building more prisons and cemeteries if they fail to invest in education.
Premium Times reports that Dickson disclosed that there is a direct relationship between the unrest in the Niger Delta and the low level of education, unemployment and under-employment.
The governor made this known in Abuja while receiving the letter of recognition and approval for Bayelsa Medical University at the headquarters of the National Universities Commission (NUC).
According to him, “We sit here and all our children are going to neighbouring countries and they are paying in dollars. Nigerians are hungry for good and quality education. The enrolment figures have increased in our schools so we have to think of the third and a specialised university.”
“Nigeria universities cannot afford to be cheaper than our nursery and primary schools and this is the fault of our government. When it comes to nursery and primary schools, we pay higher but when it comes to funding universities, we play politics with it."
The executive secretary of NUC, Abubakar Rasheed, said the university will become the 48th state university in the country with effect from Thursday, January 31.
He urged the state government to adhere strictly to the technical advice which includes the rules and regulation of the commission.
''There are 169 universities in the country, 43 are owned by the federal government, 47 are owned by state government, 75 are privately owned.
“Bayelsa state university is now the second medical public university in Nigeria and the fourth medical university in Nigeria. The public medical universities are situated in Port Harcourt and Lagos State while the two private medical universities are in Ondo state and Bayelsa state.''
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Bayelsa state governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, said he had taken a decision to sign an executive order to give automatic employment to all first class graduates in the state every year.
The state governor said the executive order was aimed at ensuring that the automatic employment policy is sustained annually even after the end of his administration.
A statement by Fidelis Soriwei, the special adviser to the governor on media relations, quoted Dickson as having stated this during an induction ceremony for 31 First Class Graduates who were offered automatic employment at the Government House, Yenagoa on Monday, October 29.
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