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FG Will Build Mega Varsities – Jonathan

By on March 3, 2013

President Goodluck Jonathan has assured Nigerians of the federal government’s commitment to improving the quality of tertiary education in the country.

President Jonathan, who was represented by Vice President Namadi Sambo  at the Ahmadu Bello University’s fundraising ceremony yesterday, said the government would establish mega universities to address admission constraints among Nigerians.

“When established, each of the mega universities would absorb more than 200,000 students,” Jonathan stressed.

The president expressed concern at the growing number of Nigerian university admission seekers in the last three years which, he said, was about 1.5 million annually, even as he noted that the absorption capacity of the existing schools was about a quarter of the number.

He commended ABU for its contributions to education and national development, saying that the university had not failed its founding fathers.

Governor Yero also acknowledged the contribution of the university, saying that “ABU graduates had distinguished themselves in all aspects of human endeavours”.

The event was attended by Governor Muhktar Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State; his Niger State counterpart, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu; speaker of the  House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal; the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar; the Emir of Zazzau, Dr. Shehu Idris; the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu; Sarkin Lere; Sarkin Lafiya; former national security adviser (NSA), Gen. Aliyu Gusau; elder statesman, Alhaji Maitama Sule; former Senate president, Chief Ken Nnamani; former information minister, Prof. Jerry Gana, among others


  1. Saint

    March 3, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Dear GEJ,

    Young people do not face a shortage of universities or polytechnics. They face a chronic shortage of jobs. Either focus on the core problem or stay out of the way.

    Thank you.

  2. AdeniyiAyodele Nikky Bee Oshib

    March 4, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    you av got to be kidding me if you truely mean of all issues faced by the citizens of this great country,what you think is next in line is creating more university? Are you trying to embezzle from parents by creating more schools or by adding more pains to the ones they already have when their children finished from that school and umemployment starts dealing with president, if i were you i will first tackle the issue of unemployment and that of poverty rate in the country better still resign..