Federal Government Urges Universities to Give Priority to STEM Courses for Swift National Development

"prioritizing STEM courses by offering scholarships, internships, graduate school admissions and employment opportunities to high-achieving STEM students", remains non-negotiable, He said

Federal Government Urges Universities to Give Priority to STEM Courses for Swift National Development
Zaphaniah Jisalo

In a recent call to action, the Federal Government of Nigeria has encouraged higher education institutions to place Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses at the forefront of their academic offerings, aiming to expedite the nation's development.

President Bola Tinubu, represented by the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Zaphaniah Jisalo, made this vital announcement during the 6th and 7th Convocation ceremony of the Federal University Lokoja in Kogi State over the weekend.

Emphasizing the significance of education as the cornerstone of the renewed hope agenda, the President stressed the non-negotiable necessity of prioritizing STEM courses. He advocated for the provision of scholarships, internships, graduate school admissions, and employment opportunities to high-achieving STEM students, underscoring the pivotal role of these fields in Nigeria's advancement.

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The President acknowledged the rapidly evolving global landscape and the imperative need for institutions to continuously pursue innovation, knowledge, and skill development to stay relevant and contribute to the betterment of society.

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In addition, President Tinubu praised the Federal University Lokoja for its commendable decision to introduce Engineering and Nursing programs, expanding the total number of available courses to 53. He reaffirmed the belief that education serves as the bedrock of societal development and remains the key to unlocking the vast potential within Nigeria's youth population, laying the foundation for a prosperous future for the nation.