President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday has directed Nigerian universities to find a cure for COVID-19 amidst rising cases of omicron in the country.
Buhari gave the directive in Oye-Ekiti, at the 5th and 6th convocation ceremony of the Federal University (FUOYE).
He charged scholars in universities to engage in global search for both pharmaceutical and non -pharmaceutical solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I want to challenge Nigerian universities generally and the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) in particular to contribute to the national transformation.
“This has become pertinent at a time like this when humanity has been confronted with a lot of troubling issues, such as COVID-19 pandemic.
My administration will continue to welcome constructive criticisms from all Nigerians on how to address our country’s various challenges,” he said.
Buhari assured the graduands that his administration would continue to support the university system through improved funding and the development of infrastructure.
While congratulating them, he said that his administration would continue to invest more resources in job creation and entrepreneurship development.
Also speaking at the ceremony, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, Dr Muhammed Yahuza, commended the vice chancellor, Prof. Abayomi Fasina for his tireless efforts towards the growth and development of the institution.
He assured the staff and management that the Governing Council would not rest until the university has been declared the best in Nigeria.
The vice chancellor advised the graduands to be the best in their future careers and always carry themselves as good ambassadors of the university.