President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday charged graduating students of the University of Lagos to ensure that their impact is felt on matters of national development.
“In a special way, the knowledge and competences you have developed in the course of acquiring Nigeria’s degrees, diplomas and certificates are to be applied to the noble course of national development,’’ he stated at the final day of the 50th convocation ceremonies of the university.
“With the 2019 general elections that had come and gone, we as a nation have once again reiterated our choice of democracy as the system of government by which we hope to imbibe an all-round development,” Prof. Rasheed Yakubu, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, who represented Buhari said.
“Our administration is committed to ensuring that the sacredness of that choice is preserved. With this policy enunciated and every programme instituted, we shall ensure that our democratic culture takes firmer roots and legacies further consolidated.
“Let me reiterate that my administration will not waver in its commitment to following due process, preserving the sanctity of the rule of law, battling grand corruption, securing the lives and property of our people and rehabilitating or upgrading our critical infrastructure.
“We will continue to be unrelenting in enthroning hard work, honesty and place the welfare of our citizens above everything else.
“We must all join hands to take Nigeria to the next level of progress,’’ President Buhari said.
“We recognise the place of our intellectuals to undertake cutting edge researches that will address the challenges of development and contribute to making lives better.
“We acknowledge that our advancement as a nation will be driven by a robust human resource base.
“It should, therefore, be our collective determination to do our best to guarantee a peaceful and stable future for Nigerians through education.
“We shall continue to interface with the unions of universities in our bid to ensuring that we have a stable higher education sector that contributes to the nation’s global competitiveness,’’ he said.
The president further charged the graduating students to make their impacts felt in matters of national development.
“As you make your ways into the world beyond this ivory tower, let me assure you of our administration’s commitment to ensuring that the skills and knowledge you have acquired are put to use and be productively engaged.
“While many of you will be gainfully employed in the public and private sectors, some of you may choose to explore the entrepreneurial route by founding and co-founding small and medium scale businesses.
“In a special way, the knowledge and competences you have developed in the course of acquiring Nigeria’s degrees, diplomas and certificates are to be applied to the noble course of national development,’’ he said.