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Jega blasts universities producing bread, ‘pure water’



jegaFormer Chairman of Independent Nation­al Electoral Com­mission, INEC, Prof. At­tahiru Jega, has criticized universities for engaging in bread and sachet water production to generate funds.

Jega, who is the Pro-Chancellor, Plateau State University, Bokkos, spoke at the opening of the three-day 2016 Nigerian Higher Education Sum­mit on Monday in Abuja.

Acknowledging that the crisis of funding in Nige­rian universities is acute, Jega insisted that the pri­mary responsibility of funding universities is that of government.

He said, “Putting univer­sities in such a dire situa­tion where they have to be doing things like pro­ducing and selling sachet water is sad; frankly, it is not the business of univer­sities.

“We want young un­employed youths to be involved in such entre­preneurial activities to generate income for them­selves and to build busi­nesses.

“For a university to be­come in dire and desper­ate need for money as to bake bread and produce sachet water is unwhole­some and needs to be dis­couraged.

“Government needs to provide sufficient funding to universities.”

He said universities were in the business of knowledge production and should strive to pro­duce patents or prototypes which they could engage Nigerian industries to manufacture.

Jega added that it is un­healthy for universities to be struggling to generate funds to carry out their mandates.

On ASUU strike, the for­mer INEC boss called for mutual respect between the Federal Government and the unions.

“It is important for gov­ernment to bend over backwards and it is im­portant for unions to be realistic in their demands in order to find solutions,” he said.

Atiku’s political career built on deceit, he nearly overthrew Obasanjo – Yu­suf Ali

A chieftain of the APC in Kaduna State, Yusuf Ali (Rabagardama), has described former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as a betrayer who would always betray his benefac­tors in order to achieve his personal ambition.

Yusuf Ali further blamed the Turakin Adamawa for “spreading falsehood” against the Kaduna state governor, insisting that El-Rufai was a better politi­cian than he is.

In a statement issued to newsmen in Abuja, Ali, a former presidential can­didate insisted that Atiku is the architect of his own misfortune, having repeat­edly betraying his bene­factors like Senator Jibril Aminu and Former Presi­dent Olusegun Obasanjo.

“On the contrary, Atiku’s politics is built on deceit and betrayal. Whenever he is entrusted with re­sponsibility, he betrays his benefactor and that has been his political philoso­phy.

“How much was Atiku worth before he became VP and what is his worth after office. The differ­ence is clear. He is a politi­cian who came to service himself and not serve the people.

“Jibril Aminu entrusted him to mobilize support for the professor in his campaign to become vice-president to Obasanjo but what happened? Atiku ended up campaigning for himself to become VP and the rest is history”.

He added that Atiku’s politics has been tainted with questionable wealth and that in an era where transparency and ac­countability are the hall­mark, “Atiku cannot stand any chance in his quest to lead the country”.

Recall that Nasir El Ru­fai in a recent statement dared the Turakin Ad­amawa to tell the world why he is avoiding the United States of America.


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