President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the private sector to invest more in research and development in the universities as the government alone cannot meet the needs of higher education.
He said the universities on their part must not rest on their oars but must compliment the effort of government by relentlessly exploring opportunities to attain private sector cooperation and investment.
The president stated at the 15th to 20th combined convocation ceremony of University of Abuja.
He said: “The universities should be repositories of vibrant and cost effective solutions for the private sectors, but only the right steps can secure the best relationships in this regard. You must develop a more labour relevant curriculum.”
Represented by the Director Tertiary Education, Federal ministry of Education, Mrs. Hindatu Abdullahi, the president said to enhance quality of teaching staff, all Academics must be encouraged to obtain their Doctorate Degree within a short time for improved productivity.
He however warned that teachers should not use their students as laboratories for their doctrines or as cannon fodder for their struggles in society, saying the task of grooming the youths for national development is entrusted to the university.
“The students under your care must not be used as agents for destabilisation of Nigeria. Our universities must demonstrate high quality intellectual leadership that will engender political, economic and social progress,” he said.
While congratulating the personalities being conferred with honorary degree at the ceremony, he said they have answered the call to higher duty in the service of UniAbuja as well as their fatherland.
He urged them to further strengthen their resolve and contribution towards the good and progress of the varsity and the country at large.