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FG urges tertiary institutions to prioritise STEM courses

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The Federal Government has urged tertiary institutions to prioritise Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics courses to ensure the rapid development of the country.

This was as the government sought scholarships and job opportunities for graduates and students studying any of the courses.

President Bola Tinubu, who was represented by the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Zephaniah Jisalo, disclosed this at the Convocation ceremony of Federal University Lokoja, Kogi State, on Monday.

This was contained in a statement on Monday by the ministry’s head of press, Anastasia Ogbonna.

It partly read: “The Federal Government urged tertiary institutions to prioritize Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics courses to ensure the rapid development of the country.

“While reiterating that education is the focal point of the Renewed Hope agenda, prioritizing STEM courses by offering scholarships, internships, graduate school admissions, and employment opportunities to high-achieving STEM students remains non-negotiable.

“We live in a rapidly changing world which requires our constant commitment to pursuing innovations, knowledge, and skills in our institutions to be relevant and to make our society a better place,” the statement added.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi, said the university would be graduating a total number of 2,738 students, cutting across various fields of endeavours at the 6th and 7th convocation ceremonies.

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