Former Minister of Sports and Special Duties, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, on Wednesday urged President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to give priority attention to education to ensure rapid development of the country.
Adedoja, Chairman, Governing Council, Federal University Dutse, gave the advice at news conference in Dutse.
He pointed out that education was key to fast tracking development of any nation, saying other sectors depended on education.
According to him, health, agriculture, power, infrastructure, sport, science and technology as well as aviation, among others, came into existence because of education.
Adedoja insisted that if education was on track, other sectors would follow, stressing the need for the incoming government to increase the budgetary allocation to education.
“There is need for more funding for infrastructure in tertiary institutions as well as focus on research in Nigerian higher institutions.
“The future of this country in the area of power, health and infrastructure and others lie in education.
“There is no way government can fund education alone, private investors and well- meaning Nigerians should intervene for the growth of education because of its importance,” he said.
Adedoja, however, commended the pioneer Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Jibrila Amin, for achievements recorded so far.
He pledged to work with government and other organizations to attract funds and grants to the university.