DOLLARS NIGERIA SPEND ON EDUCATION ABROAD

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The Chairman Senate Committee on Tertiary
Institution and Tertiary Education Trust Fund,
TETFund, Senator Binta Masi, yesterday said
Nigeria currently spends over $2 billion
annually as capital flight on education abroad.
She made this known in Abuja,during the
official Commissioning of Federal University of
Lafia, FUL, to the Nigeria Research and
Education Network,NgREN.
Senator Masi, who frowned on Nigerians
travelling to other African countries to get
educated, said Nigeria was getting it right on
the initiative of the research and education
network.
She said as chairman, Senate Committee on
Tertiary Education Trust Fund, the NgREN
initiative would be further exposed to the
members of the National Assembly to fully
engage all stakeholders and ensure adequate
funding and support for maximum delivery of
the NgREN services.
Senator Masi added that the National Assembly
would continue to support more initiatives on
rescuing and reviving the glory of the Nigeria
education sector.
Speaking on the benefits of NgREN, the
Coordinator of the Programme in NUC, Dr
Joshua Attah, said the network helped in
cutting cost as its present connection fee was $
59 per megg.
Attah said: “It helps to avoid unnecessary
travels and also help cut cost of capacity
building as teaching can be delivered to several
people.” He added that NgREN will address
ranking address.
It would be recalled, Nigerian Research and
Education Network NgREN was formally
commissioned on July 8, 2014, and was
initially providing services to 27 Federal
universities.
Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Julius
Okojie, said Nigeria Research and Education
network is the first to become operational in
West Africa and its broadband is next to MTN.
He stressed the need to do more sensitization
on the advantages of connecting to NgREN.

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