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Published by on December 1st, 2019.


Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri Saturday joined the Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Waziri Adamawa among other dignitaries to celebrate the fourteenth Annual Founder’s Day Ceremony of the American University of Nigeria AUN Yola.

At the ceremony held in the Lamido Aliyu Mustapha Commencement Hall of the University, Former Vice President Abubakar who is the founder of AUN spoke on education as a parthway to exit the dubious record of being the world headquarters for extremet poverty.


The Waziri Adamawa explained that Nigeria cannot grow, if government does not invest in education because investment in education yields the most interest and fruitful results which will take Nigeria to the level of unprecedented development.

He added that the reason why the country is experiencing insecurity is because of poverty which is the product of illiteracy and it is a cycle that the country can only break by educating the citizenry.

Alhaji Abubakar opioned that in the past four years, the budgetary allocation to education sector by government has demonstrated the fact that developing the minds of people has not been the priority and called on governments at all levels to increase funding in education.

The Former Vice President said as a businessman, the first lesson one learns in business is to shun away taking loans except it is to expand the business, in addition, there is no justification for taking out loans to pay salaries while, you are not investing in your future geneneration.

He advocated for Nigerian Federal Government and the federating units to rather focus on education
because it is the principal thing and when the country get this right, it is the easiest way, to make the most significant impact, in the shortest amount of time in Nigeria.

He advised the Federal, States, and Local Governments in the country to consider a policy of allocating at least ten percent of the total budget appropriations to the education sector.

Alhaji Abubakar said he has been spending some time in Germany because of the Saudi German Hospital investment he is attracting to Nigeria and he found that in Germany private-sector corporations and manufacturers have their schools and institutes.

He added that vocational education is so big in Germany and Japan that a lot of the German and Japanese labour force are vocationally educated by the industrial sector, rather than by the government or their parents or themselves.

He said the reason why Nigeria cannot get this is because it does not have enough access to education and that is why Nigerian parents spend one billion dollars per annum educating their children abroad, with much of that amount going to Ghana.

He charged distinguished and noble scholars of the American University of Nigeria, Yola, to go into the world and bring these ideas into reality and change the face of Nigeria and the world for good.

Earlier in her remark, the President of AUN Doctor Dawn Dekle commended the Former Vice President for establishing the university and declared that no amount of money can pay him back.

Dignitaries that graced the occasion include the Speaker Adamawa State House of Assembly Alhaji Aminu Iya Abbas, Lamido Adamawa Doctor Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Mustafa represented by Kaura Adamawa, Commissioners and top government functionaries.

Highlight of the event was presentation of awards to lecturers, staff and students who have distinguished themselves in the university.


Source: Press Secretary To The Dupty Governor Adamawa state ( Goerge Kushi)


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