Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar has enjoined Nigerian students, especially those studying abroad to concentrate on their studies and acquire knowledge to return back and contribute their quota to the onerous task of nation-building like other youths have demonstrated in emerging economies of the world.
He also charged them to be good ambassadors of the country by exhibiting good that will project the good image of the country in line with the ‘change begins with me’ campaign as well as the entire change disposition of the APC administration.
A press release issued made available to newsmen by Press Secretary to the governor, Abubakar Al-Sadique, Governor Abubakar gave this charge after being conferred with Honorary Doctorate degree in Political Science, Honorary Causa and Best West African Administrator and Governor Award by ESTAM University, Cotonou, Benin Republic.
The governor said education is the key that opens other doors of opportunities, saying since assumption of office in 2015, his administration has consistently been dedicating 20% of the State’s budget to the revitalization of education.
He observed that education is accorded the priority attention because of his administration’s conviction that with attention education need, health, politics and all other critical sectors will also improve. “At the inception of my administration in 2015, Bauchi State had recorded only 3.5% pass in NECO and WEAC, but with the attention given, by 2016 it rose to 17% and 27% in 2017.
Governor Abubakar revealed that with youth constituting about 42% of about eight million population of Bauchi State, his administration had no option than to focus attention on Technical and Vocational Education that produces employers of labour as against job seekers.
“Paid jobs are unavailable anymore, so we need to fashion ways of changing the narrative by making our youth self-employed. This is the reason why my administration is giving attention to the Bauchi State-owned Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi”, the governor said.
On the clamour for restructuring, Governor Abubakar said after 57 years of independence, there is need to look back and see where the nation has erred with a view to make amendments, but regretted that those making calls for restructuring have not defined what they meant by restructuring.
“I want to assure Nigerians that those agitations for restructuring, whatever they meant, will easily disappear if the revenue allocation formula is reviewed in the constitution to increase the percentage given to states,” he said.
Governor Abubakar was conferred with Honorary Doctorate degree in Political Science, Honorary Causa and Best West African Administrator and Governor Award by ESTAM University, Cotonou, Benin Republic.