The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu disclosed in Abuja yesterday that President Muhammadu Buhari will establish six universities of science and technology across the six geo-political zones of the country.
Adamu said at a forum that the future of the world depended on science and technology.
“This government has already decided to even add more; it is going to establish six new universities of science and technology,” he said.
“And, at the lower level, there will be a technical school in each state of the Federation and then vocational centres at the wards and local government levels.
“You know, we have a problem of access; if you look at it last year, one million people sat for the universities but, only 150,000 were admitted.
“So, we still need to build more universities to create more space for those who want to get in.
“And, then, the fact that the six new universities are being created for science and technology underscores the decision by the government to put more emphasis on science.
“Whether we agree or not, oil has limited time before it finishes; the whole economies of the world are going towards the knowledge economy.
“Actually, it is the cultivation of science, technology and engineering studies that will hold the economy in the future.”
He said over the years, government had laid emphasis on science and technology by giving more access to students in such fields.