Era of wasteful spending over – Buhari tells varsities

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday reiterated that the era of wasteful spending was over and advised Nigerian universities to plough available resources into teaching, research and productive activities.


The president, represented by Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, Executive Director at the National University Commission, spoke in Ilorin at the 32nd convocation of the University of Ilorin.

According to him, it is the expectation of government that in the near future, universities should be self-reliant and provide substantial portion of their needed funds.

Buhari also said that government was deeply concerned about developments in the nation’s universities.

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“Government is uncomfortable that our citadels of learning which should be training

grounds for probity, social justice and decorum have become havens for gross indiscipline, cultism, sexual harassment, immorality, indecency, violence, unnecessary demonstrations and all forms of anti-social behaviours.”

The president stressed the need for a proper communication channel between students and management to enable both parties interact, dialogue and consult freely.

“This will help to engender peace, tolerance, orderliness, self-discipline, sobriety and attitudinal change in our institutions of higher learning.’’

Buhari warned leaders of universities that they would be held responsible for every positive and negative actions in their respective institutions.

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He told the graduates that the country does not have the means to provide jobs for all of them.

Buhari appealed to them to strive to engage in one form of productive activity or the other, adding that the present economic recession is not peculiar to Nigeria.

He said the socio-economic situation has been brought about by our collective failure

as a people, dependency on oil exports to the exclusion of other products.

The president explained that the administration was doing everything possible to restructure the economy and change our ways of doings things.

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The Vice Chancellor, Prof Abdul Ganiyu Ambali, said that the university would inaugurate 20 projects, 12 of them executed with Internally Generated Revenue.

He appealed to the graduates to be hard working and be active in the university alumni activities.

2 thoughts on “Era of wasteful spending over – Buhari tells varsities

  1. Buhari do not know what the bible says, ''at the end time perrilious things shall happen, ur bad economic policy has brought wastefull spending, 4get about the intergrity, we know your work, as a president u came, you dont know that nigeria are buying local made good more costly than some imported goods, you barned some imported good, without making sure there are produce locally, and storage, preservation, packagine system are standard, stop such comment like this.

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  2. A reflection of society. Universities cannot be held to a different standard. Even the judiciary, parliament, and the military have been unable to be light in darkness.

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