The Supervising Minister of Education,
Chief Nyesom Wike has said that the universities in Nigeria can now
admit over 1million JAMB Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination
(UTME) candidates due to federal government’s intervention in tertiary
education by funding existing institutions and creating new once.
He said prior to the establishment of
twelve new federal universities in each of the nation’s geo-political
zones, the existing universities could only admit a paltry 400,000 Utme
candidates leaving about 2million candidates to their fate but now, the
situation has greatly improved.
Wike condemned parents who send their
children to Ghana and other neigbouring countries for tertiary education
saying that they were ignorant of the massive transformation in the
sector since the emergence of President Goodluck Jonathan.
He also lamented the inability of some
states to access the Universal Basic Education(UBE) grants for
intervention in the basic education sector saying that about N53 billion
has been lying fallow un-accessed by the federating states which
includes  Adamawa, Abia, Benue, Cross Rivers, Oyo, Plateau, Nasarawa and
a few others.
The minister added that the present administration will continue to improve the education sector in Nigeria.

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