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Billions committed for universities development

10 December 2013, 17:39

Abuja -  The Federal Government has committed a further N200 billion is being committed for the development of university education in the country.

Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, pointed out that the amount only covers the universities, recalling that the Federal Government in the past two year has spent over N15 billion to transform workshops in about 51 polytechnics.

He called on the managements of the institutions to ensure proper management and utilization of resources through more cost effective and efficient programmes and projects.

“We want to make it clear that in terms of physical infrastructure, we are sinking hundreds of billions of naira into our universities. A lot of money has been going into education and the funding is not only coming directly from Federal Government,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Minister appreciated President Goodluck Jonathan for introducing the admission of female cadets into the Nigeria Defence Academy.

“This is history making for Nigerian women,” he said.

NDA has 1 300 cadets now and about 300 of them are female.

“Every administration has left its footprint here. What the President has done is to build on what his predecessors have put on ground at the Academy We are very proud of the standards maintained and improved upon since the Indians left. Today, NDA has taken the place of foreign institutions where trainings were outsourced to. I am happy that the Nigerian Armed Forces is looking ahead with the kind of steps taken to counter terrorism and insurgency,” said Maku.

He assured the country’s armed forces that investments by Federal Government to the premier institution and other military institutions would continue and urged them to make good use of the opportunities as well as come up with innovations to move the armed forces forward.

– CAJ News


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