The governor of Niger State, Umar Mohammed Bago says his administration has rejected subsidy for education as it would reduce the quality of learning in schools.
He stated this yesterday when he received the management and staff of the New Gate University during a courtesy visit to the Government House Minna.
According to him, higher institutions need to offer more vocational training to carter for candidates that cannot obtain degree qualifications.
The governor urged the Management of the New Gate University to engage Public Private Partnerships in carrying out infrastructural development in the institutions, considering renewable energy as an alternative source of power and investments that would bring growth and development to the institution.
He commended the founder of the University for establishing the institution and assured that his administration will continue to come up with policies and programmes that would encourage him and others to make Niger State an academic city.
On his part, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Yusuf Sadiq highlighted the importance of prioritising the education of young people as they are agents of positive change and the future of society.
He said the university has partnered with a Foundation for a 50% tuition scholarship to all qualified candidates from 25 local government areas of the state adding that 120 students are already benefiting from it.
The V.C. then called on the Governor to honour government support in the area of security, adequate power supply, conducive learning environment for the students.