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FG tasks Nigerian varsities on bridging brain drain



Higher institutions in the country have been charged by the Federal Government to collaborate with their foreign counterparts to train professionals who will replace those who are leaving the country.

This was revealed when the Federal Government directed foreign universities to adhere strictly to the country’s guidelines.

Mr. Tanko Sununu, the Minister of State for Education made this call in a statement on Thursday.

The Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, quoted the minister to have given the directive while receiving the Chancellor of a United State-based university, Rutgers University, in his office on Thursday.

The Minister said, “access to quality education is a priority of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration maintained that the Federal Ministry of Education had taken the charge of the President very seriously and will ensure everything is done in ensuring quality education to the vast majority of Nigerians.

Sununu urged institutions of higher learning in the country to collaborate with their foreign counterparts to train more professionals in place of those exiting the system to cushion the effects of the brain drain, adding that the country has the capacity to provide high manpower needed around the globe, going by its the population.

In his remark, the Chancellor of Rutgers University, Antonio Tillis, told the Minister that his university is seeking to renew the Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Lagos as well as expanding collaboration with some other Nigerian Universities in areas of research and academic programs.

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