I’m proud to have established 12 universities – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan said on Monday that he built hundreds of primary and secondary schools as well as 12 state universities during his tenure as President.

The former President said this while speaking on Democracy and Equality at the Bloomberg studios in London.

The speech, which was titled “Civis Nigerianus Sum” – I am a citizen of Nigeria, also called on government to invest in the people rather than resources.

“We have to make the decision to make the rights of our people our priority when making government and investment decisions. Rather than spending money on resources that will run out, we should be investing it in people who are the key constant elements in the socio-economic transformation of society.”

“Nigeria is projected to have a population that will surpass that of the United States of America by the year 2050. But if we have not invested in our people, then we will not be ready to manage.”

“Our money must go towards providing education for all, because we know that once our citizens are educated, they have futures. Those futures lead to safer cities, stable economies, and more businesses. When a young person does not have access to education, their future is jeopardized and statistics show that they may be proneto antisocial and criminal activities.”

“I am proud of the fact that my administration established a Federal University in every one of the 12 States that did not previously have them. Now, for the first time in our country’s history, every state has a university established by the Federal Government.”

“Despite it not being the responsibility of the Federal Government to develop primary and secondary schools, we built hundreds of these schools across Nigeria.”

“Yet we need to build on these achievements by changing our mindset to investing in the resources above the ground, rather than below the ground. Once we invest in our citizens, it will be our time to confidently enter the international stage. Each one of us will be able to go to any nation and proudly proclaim: I am a citizen of Nigeria.”

“When we have a good mindset, we must also strive for equality. No investment in our people is going to pay off if we are unequal.”

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