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Tinubu Halts Take-off Of New Universities | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Oct 19, 2023



The Federal Government has said that operations of the newly approved universities by the past administration would be delayed.

The Minister of Education Tahir Mamman disclosed this after a meeting with President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said this was in recognition of the funding need for an effective and efficient educational programmes for these universities.

Former president Muhammadu Buhari administration had approved the licensing of 37 new universities in the country few days to handing over date.

“A number of these new universities were approved by the past administration in its twilight. After much considerations, President Tinubu felt their take off should be staggered.

“It’s not that the universities will be scrapped but that they would be looked at in terms of their areas of strength and advantages to the students.

“The focus of education of the new administration will be on the skills that such institutions would impact on the youths.

“We desire a university where student can graduate with skills that are not only beneficial to them but to the economic growth of the nation,” he said.

The minister said that government was equally looking at the challenges of states not being able to access the Universal Basic Education Board funds.


He said the President has approved a review of the funding to allow for quicker and more access to the fund by states.

Mr Mamman also said that the pending issues between the federal government and staff of tertiary institutions was being discussed with the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

He said that the president has also approved the convocation of an education stakeholders coming up on Thursday in Abuja.

He said the conference would chart a new course for the education sector in the country in line with the administration’s Renewed Hope Agenda.

The former governor of Nasarawa state, Tanko Al-Makura, was also received in audience by the president.

He said his visit was a solidarity one to congratulate the president on the various reforms intended to revamp the economic and security sector.

Mr Al-Makura urged Nigerians to be patient with the administration in order to enjoin the dividends of democracy.

“I had a very wonderful discussion with him, and given his disposition and vision towards making this country great.

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