The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has advised government at all levels to invest more in education or be prepared to build more prisons and cemeteries.
The governor likened the violence happening in some part of the country such as the unrest in the Niger Delta to the inability of the government to provide solid education and employment to its youths .
Dickson stated this while receiving the letter of approval for the take off of Bayelsa Medical University at the National Universities Commission (NUC) office in Abuja.
He said, for tertiary institution to meet up with its responsibilities, the government must increase funds allocation to tertiary institutions.
“We sit here and all our children are going to neighbouring countries and they are paying in dollars. Nigerians are hungry for good and quality education. The enrollment figures have increased in our schools so we have to think of the third and a specialised university,” he said.
“Nigeria universities cannot afford to be cheaper than our nursery and primary schools and this is the fault of our government. When it comes to nursery and primary schools, we pay higher but when it comes to funding universities, we play politics with it,” he added.
Bayelsa state university is now the second public medical university in Nigeria and the fourth medical university in Nigeria.