President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday urged the private sector “to join hands with the Federal Government in forging partnerships with the universities in funding for research and scholarships” in order to improve education in the country.
“We encourage private organizations to join hands with the Federal Government in forging partnerships with the Universities, especially in funding for research and scholarships. We are prepared to work with all relevant stakeholders to improve the education sector of our national economy”Jonathan said.
Speaking at the 42nd Convocation of the University of Nigeria, Jonathan also said , “As proud graduates of UNN, you have an obligation to maintain a vigorous relationship with your Alma mater. All over the world, alumni groups are strengthening their long-standing relationships with their Alma mater and contributing to their growth and development . Yale and Harvard alumni contribute over 27% of the budgets of their alma mater.
He added that On our part as a Government, we have continued to work hard to make the world you are coming into, one of opportunities. Through sound economic management, infrastructural development, power sector reform and economic diversification, we are making progress towards meeting our employment generation and development objectives through such initiatives as YouWin, SURE-P, etc”