“Nigeria must take education seriously,” Buhari says

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President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja called for more concerted effort in ensuring that all Nigerian children get good education in order to be relevant in a world driven by new technology.

Speaking to some governors, members of the Federal Executive Council, service chiefs and senior government officials at the State House, shortly after his return from London, Mr. Buhari said the world was fast changing, and more efforts must be made to equip the younger generation with relevant skills to compete in the global economy.

‘‘My single advice is that we must take education seriously, and we must do much more to educate our children,’’ he said.

President Buhari noted that the government would continue to discourage Nigerians from self-medication, urging those with discomforts to ensure they get proper diagnosis and doctor’s prescription for drugs. He lauded the quality of treatment he got during his medical vacation.

The President said he had been conscious of the challenges faced in repositioning the economy of the country, noting that it would receive more attention.

President Buhari said he was pleased with the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, who provided good leadership during his stay in London for medical attention.

The President said he had planned to take a vacation in January, 2017, after asking the Vice President to take a holiday in December, 2016.

President Buhari pointed that the team spirit with the Vice President would be further strengthened, in tackling the myriad challenges in the economy.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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