Prioritize STEM Courses For Rapid Development – FG Tells University

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Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Abuja – October 24 – Mediaage NG News – The Nigerian government last weekend, at the 6th and 7th Convocation ceremony of Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State, encouraged tertiary institutions to prioritize Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses to ensure rapid development of the country.

According to a circular issued by the Head of Press and PR of the Ministry, Anastasia Ogbonna on Monday, Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs,  Zaphaniah Jisalo, representing the Nigerian President, said education is central to the renewed hope agenda of the government.

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“Prioritizing STEM courses by offering scholarships, internships, graduate school admissions and employment opportunities  to high-achieving STEM students, remains non-negotiable”, the President said

“We live in a rapidly changing world which requires our constant commitment  to pursue Innovations, knowledge and skills in our institutions in order to be relevant  and to make our society a better place”, he added.

Mr. Tinubu commended the university administration for the addition of Engineering and Nursing programmes which  brings the total number of courses offered to 53.

“Education is the bedrock of societal development. It is the key to unlocking the vast potential of our youth population, and the cornerstone on which we shall build a prosperous future for Nigeria”, the President revealed in the event that graduated 2,738 students from different disciplines.

Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi listed some of the academic achievements of the university.

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“It made the elite list of the maiden Times Higher Education 2023 Sub Sahara  Africa (Webo-metric ranking) universities ranking, falling within the 51st – 60th bracket out of the 120 Sub Saharan Universities that were ranked, using the criteria of Resources and Finance, Access and Fairness, Teaching Skills, Students Engagement and Africa Impact, he disclosed.

“Also, it occupies the 17th position of 51 Nigerian Universities ranked and 9th position amongst Federal Universities as released  on 26th June, 2023 by the Chairman, Nigerian Universities Ranking Advisory Committee  (NURAC) headed by Prof. Peter Okebukola”, he said.

Reacting to issues of paucity of funds and infrastructural deficits, the VC said: “In spite of the daunting challenges encountered due to limited resources that have adversely affected the provision of more facilities in the university, the  Management of the University remains committed in its resolve to move the Federal University Lokoja to a higher level  academically and administratively”.

Earlier, the Chancellor, the Emir of Fika and Chairman, Yobe State Council of Chiefs and Emirs, His Royal Highness, Muhammadu Abali, called on the graduands to explore entrepreneurial fields as white-collar jobs are limited, saying: ”That is why your training has been both diverse and versatile to prepare you for your next bold steps”.

The highlight of the occasion was the  the commissioning of some projects by the Minister on behalf of the President .

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