President Muhammadu Buhari has asserted that there is hope that Nigerian youths can make the nation greater and better than it is currently, just as he said that he does not have the magic wand to effect change alone.
Speaking during the 25th convocation ceremony of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, on Saturday, the president said youths are the greatest resource and pillar of the nation, adding that all hope is not yet lost.
“Nigeria still has hope and promise because our youths-vibrant, energetic and creative citizens-are the greatest resource and pillar of this country. Today may be rough and tough, but tomorrow will be better. I have hope because I see in our youths-inventors, problem solvers and leaders that will one day make Nigeria greater than my government will make it.”
Buhari, who was represented by the Director of Science and Technology in the Federal Ministry of Education, Sandy Chega, stated that changing the country from the path of corruption in high and low places is a task that all Nigerians must be committed to.
According to him, “changing our society from the path of corruption in high and low places is a task that we all must be committed to. Change is not a magic wand that a single leader alone can use. We all have to believe in it and we have to work for it.”
The president then called for value re-orientation of higher education, stressing on the need to improve the standard of education in the country.
“We need value re-orientation as far as the pursuit of higher education is concerned. Our education would be meaningless if it does not advance the cause of humanity. We want to build a Nigeria where citizens with competencies would be proud of themselves and their country can attain heights because of what they know and can deliver.”
Recognising the importance of science and technology education in national development, Buhari stated that the real test of a university’s standing is on the positive impact on the society, urging the universities to ensure that training is more practical than theoretical.
“I salute the vision of my predecessors for establishing and sustaining these specialised universities in Nigeria. Our administration recognises the importance of science and technology in national development.”
In his address, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Musbau Adewumi Akanji, said earning a degree is not an end in itself, adding that it should be a means to unleashing their immense potentials.
“Occasions like this call for reflection. At a time of grave economic crisis ravaging the country, several posers must be ranging in the minds of our graduating youths. With more than 150,000 graduates being churned out of the nation’s tertiary institutions yearly, the apprehension insidiously eating graduates of today is quite understandable.”
Akanji said 3,505 students were graduating out of which 2,741 were graduating with First Degree, 220 with Post Graduate Diplomas, 464 Masters and 34 Doctor of Philosophy graduates.
He added that in the First Degree category, 34 got First Class, 707 Second Class Upper Division, 1,290 Second Class Lower Division, 638 Third Class and 74 Pass.
The university also honoured HRM Eze Eberechi Nwannediya Dick as its Chancellor.

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