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Overcome Grinding Poverty, Former UN Under-Secretary Tells Nigerian Govt

The Nigerian government has been asked to take urgent steps to overcome grinding poverty by growing the economy by creating jobs with particular attention on … Continue reading Overcome Grinding Poverty, Former UN Under-Secretary Tells Nigerian Govt


 address povertyThe Nigerian government has been asked to take urgent steps to overcome grinding poverty by growing the economy by creating jobs with particular attention on manufacturing and agriculture.

Presenting an address as the Chancellor of the Kwara State University during its 4th Convocation Ceremony held on Saturday, a former Under-Secretary to United Nations, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, stressed that revamping the economy would ensure that the government’s change mantra would be meaningful.

Professor Gambari also called for positive attitudinal change among Nigerians, stressing that for the change agenda to be sustained it must not depend on one person but must involve a collective endeavour to open a new chapter in national life.

Also at the occasion, the Executive Secretary National University Commission, Professor Julius Eho, who was represented by Professor Oladipi Aina, called on universities to adopt creative funding mechanism for alternative diversified revenues to meet challenges arising from declining public funding.

He also stressed that new universities to be established would be based on merit in accordance with global best practices and quality assurance.

The Kwara State Governor represented by his Deputy, Mr Peter Kishira, explained that for quality education to be achieved and sustained, stakeholders must as a matter of necessity rise to the challenges facing the sector by breaking away from the theoretical and focusing on practical.