President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the private sector to invest in research and development in the nation’s universities.

Buhari spoke at the 32nd  Convocation Ceremony for the 2016/2017 and 2018/2019 academic sessions of the University of Port Harcourt.

He said the Federal Government alone could not meet all the needs of universities and needed support from the private sector.

The president, however, added that the private sector must be encouraged to invest in research and development in universities.

Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Anthony Onwuka, said that tertiary education in the country had undergone progressive transformation in the last four years of his administration.

According to him, funds had been released for the building of new structures, purchase of equipment as well as funding of high impact researches.

Also speaking, the Vice-Chancellor of the university Ndowa Lale,  said that the university had witnessed immense infrastructural and academic development since the new management took office.