President Muhammadu Buhari is worried over low ranking of Nigerian universities, noting that it was disappointing that Nigerian universities are not within the top 100.
President Buhari expressed the concern yesterday in Bauchi at the convocation ceremony of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, where he stated that, “it is worrisome that no Nigerian university is quoted among the top 100 universities in the world.”
The President, who was represented by Prof. Julius Okojie, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, further said, “We rank below a thousand, if we do not aspire to be among the world class universities, we cannot boast of robust system capable of making the country among the top economies of the world.
“We have abundant of talents who excel elsewhere but appear incapacitated at home. Whatever makes our abundant talents fail at home and excel abroad must be identified and neutralised for our benefit and that of our future generation,’’ he said.
The President blamed incessant strikes by teachers as “major bottlenecks” to the progress of the country’s university system, stressing that constant strikes in tertiary institutions do have serious repercussions.
President Buhari was of the view that incessant strikes, apart from hindering serious academic activities, do seriously affect international rating of universities and cautioned against further strikes in Nigerian universities.
He assured that the federal government was willing and ready to boost sound academic activities and called on state governments to support and encourage universities situated in their localities.
Buhari assured that the Treasury Single Account policy was meant to enhance accountability, transparency and revenue.
“The seemingly challenges, especially in tertiary institutions, should be seen as a teething problem that will gradually vanish as the policy takes root. MDAs should, therefore, exhibit patience and understanding, bearing in mind that Nigerians shall surely reap from the fruits of the policy,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Prof Saminu Ibrahim, Vice-Chancellor of the institution, said the institution was graduating 8,127 students for its 19th and 22nd convocation and explained that this included 845 diplomas, 5,577 first degrees, 1,620 post-graduate diplomas and Masters and 85 students as Doctors of Philosophy (Ph.D).
Further, he explained that out of the 5,577 first degree graduates, 32 obtained First Class, 1,203 Second Class (Upper Division) 2,702 Second Class (Lower Division), 1,481 Third Class and136 Pass.
He said so far, 40 academic staff members had obtained PhD degrees worldwide while many others were pursuing their masters degrees and added that the institution was constructing six news hostels and renovating the existing ones as part of students’ welfare package.

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