The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, vowed that his administration is committed to ensuring that Nigeria remains one indivisible country no matter the challenges facing his government.
President Buhari made this known while addressing stakeholders of the south east zone during the 6th convocation ceremony of the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike, FUNAI, that took place at the Nnamdi Azikiwe convocation arena, Abakaliki capital of Ebonyi State.
He stated that: “This underscores our emphasis on the digital economy which led to the launch of e-Naria and similar processes. I enjoin Nigerians especially the academia to remain focused on the cardinal objective of the university on Teaching and research.
“I assure you that the federal government will support research efforts geared towards addressing local and national challenges. My government is building bridges of partnership and friendship with foreign governments in all areas with a view to accelerating our national development.”
President Buhari, who was represented by Prof. Chinedu Nwajuba, a member of the NUC and former Vice-Chancellor of FUNAI, added that his administration is winning the war against terrorism and banditry among other criminal activities in the country.
“In a similar manner, I urge Nigerian universities to take advantage of the goodwill our nation has with the foreign governments and investors due to the sincerity of this government to partner with foreign universities in strategic areas.
“Nigeria is the only country we have, in respect of our ethnics, religious and cultural differences. My government will continue to do the needful to ensure that the country remains one. We are also winning the war against terrorism, banditry and all other forms of criminal activities.
“Our government will continue to ensure that citizens remain safe and their livelihood secured in every part of the country.
“Students should be committed to their studies and not be distracted, while lectures should not only teach but guide the students properly,” he stressed.
Earlier in a remark, the Chancellor of the varsity, HRH, Oba Michael Aremu Adedotun, said the economic development of the nation depends on the quality and quantity of functional knowledge and sellable skills at the disposal of the citizens as well as the quality of research from the universities.
He noted that the quality of teaching and research of lectures in the university meets global best practices at all times.
Also, the Pro-chancellor and chairman of the governing council, Emeritus Prof. Nimi Briggs commended the management of the varsity for their decision to stick to enduring values and timeless principles of responsibility, which according to him, has contributed to the great success of the varsity.
However, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sunday Elom, said much is still needed to be done especially as regards faculty buildings, office blocks, lecture halls/theatre, students’ hostel accommodation and staff quarters.
He called on the federal government to assist the university to upgrade in all ramifications.