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WEEKEND MINISTERIAL PRESS BRIEFING BY EDUCATION MINISTER, ADAMU ADAMU ON THE 21ST DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2019



INCREASING ACCESS TO, AND IMPROVINGTHE QUALITY OF TERTIARY EDUCATIONBEING TEXT OF THE EIGHT EDITION OF THE WEEKEND MINISTERIAL PRESS BRIEFING BY EDUCATION MINISTER, ADAMU ADAMU ON THE 21ST DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2019

Gentlemen of the press.I must appreciate you all for your commitment to our Weekend Ministerial Press Briefings.The media space and attention you have given to all the issues covered in the last seven editions of our briefings have been very encouraging. I salute you all. We shall therefore, continue to brief you on progress made in every step of the way in the education sector. This, Ibelieve, is the only way of being accountable to the people.Today, we shall be looking at INCREASING ACCESS TO, AND IMPROVINGTHE QUALITY OF TERTIARY EDUCATION IN NIGERIA. Access to quality education has been a major challenge to our people over the years. Apart from many other factors militating against the legitimate desire of our peopleto quality education, the astronomical increase in the country’s population, now estimated at 180 million people has not helped matters. Nevertheless, we have a duty as a government to continue to strive hard and do whatever that is humanly possible within the
2limits of resources available to us to ensure that our people have unfettered access to quality education.Consequently, when this administration came into power in 2015, we came up with a blueprint for the sector known as “EDUCATION FOR CHANGE”.To give effect to our blueprint, we develop a master plan, otherwise called the “Ministerial Strategic Plan” (MSP). The MSP has key action plans.Access to quality education on which this briefing is anchored is one of the action plans.In giving account of what this administration has accomplished in the last four years in the areasof increasing access to, and improving the quality of Tertiary education, we shall be looking at what we have done in terms of developing infrastructure in Tertiary institutions, establishing or licensing new tertiary institutions, increasing the carrying capacities of existing tertiary institutions, scholarship awardsto deserving students as well as reduction of fees and levies for entry examinations into tertiary institutions, all aimed at increasing access to tertiary education for our teaming population.In terms of quality, we have done no less, ensuring effectivesupervision of tertiary institutions, High level manpower training, provision of quality library services, provision of information and communication technology facilities to enhance digital learning among others.i.DEVELOPING INFRASTRUCTURE IN TERTIARYINSTITUTIONS AS A WAY OF EXPANDING ACCESS: -Inthe sixtheditionof our Weekend Ministerial Press Briefing, I gave you a comprehensive breakdown of what we have done in developing infrastructure in our tertiary institutions. In summary, I informed you that the Buhari Administration
3has spent about Seven Hundred and Twenty-Sevenbillion Naira (N727,000,000,000) in developing infrastructure in our tertiary institutions in the last four years. Let me add that much of this funding went into the provision of hostel accommodation, classrooms, lecture theatres, and laboratories, all in a bid to have more of our young people gain admission into these institutions, thereby enhancing or expanding access to tertiary education.ii. ESTABLISHING OR LICENCING NEW TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS: (A). UNIVERSITIES: -As part of efforts aimed at addressing the persistent problem of access to university education, occasioned by the low carrying capacity of existing universities as against the growing number of qualified candidates, theFederal Government during the period under review established or licensed a total of 30universities, bringing the total number of universities in Nigeria to one hundred and sixty-nine. These comprise43 Federal Universities, 47 State Universities and 79 Private Universities,with the combined carrying capacity of about two million spacesas against the 1.5 million carrying capacitywe inherited when we came in 2015.(B). POLYTECHNICS/MONOTECHNICS AND INNOVATION ENTERPRISE INSTUTITIONS: -Asyou are all aware,these categories of institutions wereestablished to provide middle-level technical manpower for the country. This is still in very high demand. When we came into office in 2015, the total number of polytechnics/Monotechnics/Innovative enterprise institutionsin the county stood at 298with a combined carrying capacity of 424,715Spaces.To expand access to Polytechnic/Monotechnics/Innovative enterprise institutions,we established


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