Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari, has said that his administration will welcome private sector participation in establishing the type of well equipped and staffed modern mid-level technical institution that are backbone of industries in industrialized countries. This move, according to Buhari, was because of the shift to science and technology education and the importance of the educational sector to to develop needed knowledgeable and skilled manpower.
Speaking at the 18th Founder’s Day lecture of the Igbinedion University, Okada, President Buhari who was represented by the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said his administration was making progress in security, fighting corruption and rebuilding of the economy.
President Buhari reassured the gathering that the recently launched Economic Recovery and Growth Plan would create thousands of jobs and reduce wastage due to importation of foreign goods.
Buhari also tasked corporate organizations and individuals to support projects and programmers of public institutions as part of their corporate social responsibility by sponsoring research activities, research centers and sports facilities.
He called for the organization of adult education programmed as a way to increase social awareness.
His words, “Educated parents would be better partners in lifting quality of of their children’s education.
“This administration has resolved to implement measures to improve standards, starting from foundation and primary education level through secondary, to tertiary levels to restore our educational institutions to the citadels of knowledge dissemination.
“The role of the private sector in forging national development is very important to this government and not less so in the development of tertiary education.”