President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, August, 8, said years of neglects in the education and healthcare sectors of Nigeria are responsible for the country’s current security challenges.
Buhari assured Nigerians that his administration would continue to positively impact on the lives of the citizens.
Speaking when he hosted a delegation of elders, traditional rulers as well as former and serving federal legislators from Adamawa, led by Governor Umaru Fintiri, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Buhari said: “I am pleased to hear your remarks, especially the focused on issues around education and health.
“These areas remain priorities for this government especially in its strive to achieve social inclusion and collective prosperity for all Nigerians.”
The president emphasised that education and healthcare would be accorded greater attention by his administration so as to address the challenges of insecurity and corrupt practices in the country.
He solicited for concerted effort and collaboration by between the federal and state governments to address the problem.
“At the federal level, we are doing our best to address these issues. But the federal government cannot do it alone.
“We need the state and local governments to do their part. This is not about politics. It is the reality.
“Today, majority of Nigerians are below 20 years old. And it is projected that our population growth rate will remain amongst the fastest in the world,” he said adding that “this means any plans we have today must take into account, the needs of tomorrow.”
He also assured the delegation that its request would be reviewed and acted upon accordingly, but asked that they put such demands into writing to his office.
Fintiri had earlier requested for the upgrading of the Madibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH) Yola to a conventional one in order to address the human development needs of the state.
The governor said the recent federal government decision directing the stoppage of management sciences and related disciplines in specialised universities had adversely affected the institution.
“The stoppage of the popular courses will lead to further underdevelopment of an already an educationally disadvantaged and impoverished state, severely devastated by insurgency and insecurity.
“We therefore request that the university be converted to a conventional one to address the problem,’’ he pleaded.