The Federal Government has expressed reservations over the lack of hostel accommodation for students of tertiary institutions in the country and is considering re-introducing compulsory accommodation for students.
President Muhammadu Buhari who made this known on Saturday during the 21st convocation ceremony of the University of Uyo, said that the move has become necessary in order to address the dwindling quality of graduates being produced by the country’s universities.
Buhari, who was represented by the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, NUC, Prof Julius Okojie also said that government would work on reducing the lecturer/student ratio and reinventing the universities to become centres of inventions.
The President challenged teachers on broader researches that would improve the well being of Nigerians, stating that a Doctor of Philosophy, PhD degree would soon become the least qualification for all academic staff of the country’s universities.
He disclosed that the universities in the country did not fare well in the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs but assured that shortcomings of the country’s tertiary institutions would be carried over to the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.
The President, however, commended breakthroughs in sickle cell anaemia and bone marrow treatment but harped on increased efforts and research that would enhance food production in the country.
In an address, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state, who commended the university management for efforts that have elevated the university to be among the 10th sought after in the country, called for a review of the country’s tertiary education curriculum with more emphasis on Science and Technology.
Emmanuel, who expressed the desire of the state government to give children of the state access to quality education, advised graduands to work harder to become self reliant instead of depending on paid jobs.
The occasion also witnessed the installation of Alhaji Abubakar Maje, the Emir of Hadejia and chairman Jigawa State Council of Chiefs as the University’s 4th Chancellor.

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