Bauchi state 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 nation-building.
He also charged them to be good ambassadors of the country, by exhibiting good character, which will project the good image of the country in line with the ‘change begins with me’ campaign.
A press statement by Abubakar Al-Sadique, said the governor gave this charge after he was conferred with the doctorate degree in Political Science, Honoris Causa, and Best West African Administrator award by ESTAM University, Cotonou, Benin Republic recently.
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 per cent of the state’s budget to revitalising education.
“At the inception of my administration in 2015, Bauchi state had recorded only 3.5 per cent pass in NECO and WAEC, but with the attention given by my administration, in 2016, it rose to 17 per cent and 27 per cent in 2017 respectively.
Abubakar revealed that, with youth constituting about 42 per cent of the state’s, his administration had no option than to focus attention on technical and vocational education.
“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, Abubakar said, after 57 years of independence, there is need to look back and see where the nation has erred, with a view to making amends, 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.