22 Mar 2015
Presidential Debate: GEJ Says Nigerian Universities Will Rank Among Global Best in Next 4 Years.
President Goodluck Jonathan (m) with
presidential candidates of other Political Parties
During The 2015 Presidential Election Debate in
Abuja on Sunday
President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed
optimism that Nigerian universities will rank
among the best in the world in the next four
years, as a result of the ongoing transformation
of the education system.
Jonathan, who featured in the Presidential Debate
organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group
(NEDG) on Sunday in Abuja, said that Nigerian
universities had been equipped to compete with
their foreign counterparts.
Jonathan said that education was a responsibility
of both states and the federal governments,
adding that the present administration gives
support to the states through the Universal Basic
Education Commission (UBEC).
“We all feel bad that no Nigerian university was
ranked but we are working seriously to change
the trend. We have equipped most of our
universities through the Tertiary Education Trust
Fund (TETFund). We are talking about
infrastructure that has failed over the years but
with the way we are going, in the next four years
our universities will compete with other
universities across the world,” he said.
Also speaking, Godson Okoye, the presidential
candidate of United Democratic Party , decried the
situation where people who had benefited from
free education turned education to business.
“We must re-engineer education right from
nursery schools; teachers training colleges must
be revisited,’’ he said.
Oluremi Sonaiya, the presidential candidate of
KOWA Party, said the whole focus should not be
on formal education but a broad-based education.
“Ignorance is one of the ills; KOWA will address
formal and informal education; curriculum should
be reviewed,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that
five political parties- PDP, NCP, UPP, KOWA and
UDP participated in the second session of the