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FG To Create Six Universities Of Science And Technology to reduce Admission Problem

The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, says
the Federal Government is working toward establishing
six new universities of science and technology to expand
the access to tertiary education.
The Education Minister Malam Adamu Adamu, disclosed
this at a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum on Tuesday
in Abuja.
While speaking at the forum, he emphasized that the
future of the world depends on science and technology.
In his words, “This government has already decided to
even add more; it is going to establish six new
universities of science and technology.
And at the lower level, there will be a technical school in
each state of the federation and then vocational centres
at the wards and local government levels.
You know, we have a problem of access; if you look at it
last year, one million people sat for the universities but
only 150,000 were taken.
So, we still need to build more universities to create more
space for those who want to get in.
And then the fact that the six new universities are being
created for science and technology underscores the
decision by the government to put more emphasis on
Adamu stressed that the move is in line with the
campaign promises of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
-led Federal Government.
He said that over the years the Federal Government had
laid emphasis on science and technology by giving more
access to students in such fields.
Adamu recalled that during the tenure of the them
Minister of Education, Prof. Babs Fafunwa, it was agreed
that the ratio of science to arts should be 60 to 40.
The minister noted that ever since, the policy had been
carried out by successive governments, it has remained
the stance of the present Federal Government.
He further said that the new universities would be located
in the six geo-political zones.
He said: “Whether we agree or not, oil has limited time
before it finishes; the whole economies of the world are
going towards the knowledge economy.
Actually, it is the cultivation of Science, Technology and
Engineering studies that will hold the economy in the
On Almajiri issue, the minister said that the Federal
Government recognised the problem; hence the building
of Almajiri schools.
He added that there was a steady progress in the Almajiri
education as well as boy-child drop out issue in the
South-East and problems bordering on girl-child

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