Buhari Charge Universities To Be Centres For Promoting Democracy, Good Governance 

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By: Dahiru Suleiman

JIGAWA, North-West, Nigeria – President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the nation’s universities to be veritable centres for promotion of democracy and good governance.

Speaking at the 4th Convocation ceremony of the Federal University Dutse, (FUD), at the weekend, President Buhari reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to upgrading infrastructural facilities of universities, and as well the culture of innovative thinking in solving local and national developmental initiatives.

Buhari who was represented at the event by the Executive Secretary, National University Commission, (NUC), Professor Abubakar Rasheed, charged lecturers to endeavour to live above board by ensuring that their students are well nurtured, and mentored in the best tradition of democratic citizenship.
He enjoined students to shun all anti-social devices and nefarious activity capable of turning them into agents of destabilization and illicit conduct.
“Nation building, we must know, is a herculean task involving productivity, patriotism, and a spirit of collectivism.
“Our teachers must strive to cultivate these qualities in our youths to help build a responsible citizenry,” he said.

The president also urged the private sector, among other citizens with wherewithal to invest in areas of research and development in our universities.

He said that the FG is receiving input’s on the need to support PPP initiativs in turning around our universities, “I am highly optimistic that this would become manifest in our universities,” he stressed.

Similarly the president charged authorities of the Nation’s universities to embarked on projects and programs that will make them more globally competitive.

To the graduates, he admonished them to be a beacon of hope set to bring impact in the larger society and radiating national pride at all times in any circumstances they may find themselves.

In her speech, the Federal University Dutse, Vice Chancellor, Professor Fatima Mukhtar, said following the rigorous conduct of Resource Verification Exercise by NUC, the FUD Dutse has commenced 36 new programs at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

According to her, the varsity will not rest on its oars, rather will continue to initiate more cogent programs as it grows in future.

558 students graduated in various fields of studies this year.

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