Northern youth lazy because of low UTME cut-off mark – El-Rufai

Kaduna state governor nasir el-rufai

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai says youths in the north have become lazy due to the low cut-off marks needed for admission into universities via the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

“The northerners are at advantage. The low JAMB cut-off mark is making northern youth lazy rather than encouraging them. Despite the advantage of the education in Nigeria, we have the highest number of children out of school,” the governor said during a session on Tuesday at the ongoing Nigerian Economic Summit.

El-Rufai also said selecting leaders based on their origin will not move any nation forward.

“This has become a big problem for Nigeria. Zoning in political parties cannot solve the economic problems we are facing,” he said.

“Selecting the best person to get the job done will benefit everyone.”

Others who made up the session were Azinge Azinge, a senior advocate of Nigeria and Justin Lin a professor of Economics.