- President Buhari has said that Nigeria now ranks among leading democracies in Africa
- The president made this known on Thursday, April 4, at the 50th convocation ceremonies of the University of Lagos
- Buhari also noted that his administration would continue to encourage Nigerian universities to build closer and better relationships with the industrial sector
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria now ranked among the leading democracies in Africa and in the Commonwealth twenty years after it began to experience uninterrupted democratic culture.
Legit.ng reports that President Buhari who was a visitor at the final day of the 50th convocation ceremonies of the University of Lagos, made this known on Thursday, April 4.
The president was represented by the executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Rasheed Yakubu.
“With the 2019 general elections that had come and gone, we as a nation have once again reiterated our choice of democracy as the system of government by which we hope to imbibe an all-round development.
“Our administration is committed to ensuring that the sacredness of that choice is preserved. With this policy enunciated and every programme instituted, we shall ensure that our democratic culture takes firmer roots and legacies further consolidated.
“Let me reiterate that my administration will not waver in its commitment to following due process, preserving the sanctity of the rule of law, battling grand corruption, securing the lives and property of our people and rehabilitating or upgrading our critical infrastructure.
“We will continue to be unrelenting in enthroning hard work, honesty and place the welfare of our citizens above everything else. We must all join hands to take Nigeria to the next level of progress,’’ Buhari said.
According to him, his administration would continue to encourage Nigerian universities to build closer and better relationships with the industrial sector.
He said this would help to bridge the gap between theories and practicality with a view to addressing some of the most required needs of the nation.
He added that his administration believed in the imperative of sound educational system for national development.
“We recognise the place of our intellectuals to undertake cutting edge researches that will address the challenges of development and contribute to making lives better. We acknowledge that our advancement as a nation will be driven by a robust human resource base.
“It should, therefore, be our collective determination to do our best to guarantee a peaceful and stable future for Nigerians through education.
“We shall continue to interface with the unions of universities in our bid to ensuring that we have a stable higher education sector that contributes to the nation’s global competiveness,’’ he said.
While congratulating the graduating students, President Buhari charged them to make their impacts felt in matters of national development.
"As you make your ways into the world beyond this ivory tower, let me assure you of our administration’s commitment to ensuring that the skills and knowledge you have acquired are put to use and be productively engaged," he said.
Earlier, the chancellor of the university and the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar El-kanemi, said that the tertiary education sector in general and the university system in particular would enjoy renewed attention with the release of the graduands.
“Having said this, I must say that it is necessary for us to put in place, more support for policies, programmes and finances to keep the ivory towers at par with their counterparts globally. Many globally renowned feats by our faculties and students make a case for my appeal," he said.
Giving a break down, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said that 5,405 postgraduate degrees consisting of 150 Ph.D holders, 4,771 Masters and 484 postgraduate diplomas would be awarded in various disciplines.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that four eminent personalities were conferred with Emeritus Professorship and honorary degrees in recognition of their roles in developing the country.
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The honorary doctorate awardees included: Jim Ovia, businessman and founder, Zenith Bank Plc, Alhaji Lateef Okunnu, and Dr Daniel Olukoya, the General Overseer of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries worldwide.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Adeyeye Oluwaseyi recently graduated from the University of Lagos and emerged as the best graduating student.
According to Oluwaseyi, it had been a long journey for him, one that started with his strong determination and a can-do spirit that had inspired him to achieve the feat.
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