By our correspondent
Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, the Minister of State for Finance, on Monday said the Federal Government was making all efforts to ensure that the nation’s wealth is evenly distributed to reach all strata of society.
He said thisduring a one-day working visit to the new Federal University, Gusau, the Zamfara State capital on Monday.
According to the minister, President Goodluck Jonathan is making conscious efforts to make the growth in the economy ”inclusive” through diversification and development of other sectors.
”The economy is growing from all the indications and ratios from international agencies, but the important thing is how does it translate to financial inclusion, or more jobs.
”First, the Federal Government alone cannot create all the jobs needed for the development of this country.
”So what we are doing is to create the ambiance for businesses to flourish. So that there will be more jobs coming out from the private sector,” Yuguda said.
He said that one of the key reasons the Federal University was situated in Zamfara was because the state was a mining area.
According to him, the school is strategic in teaching specialised courses in geology and mining to provide the needed manpower in the solid mineral sector.
”The University of Gusau is the next best thing that has happened to the state after its creation.
”Mr President has said that the best way to empower Nigerians and future generations is through education.
”Because of that, he created 12 new universities in the country and out of them, nine are situated in the north.
”Today I have seen the progress and I am very happy with the level of work and commitment that I am seeing,” he said.
Welcoming the minister, Prof. Ben-Chucks Okeke, the Vice-Chancellor of the university requested the Minister to appeal to the Zamfara State Government to redeem its N1 billion pledge to the university.
Okeke said that if the school was to grow and fulfill the mandate of its establishment, all stakeholders must show adequate commitment to develop school.
The minster inspected some projects in the university, which included the administrative block, ICT units, lecture theaters and hostels.