– The president attributed the root cause of the crisis in the country to ignorance.
– He also mentioned that functional and affordable education will reduce the crisis in the country.
At 8th convocation ceremony of the National Open University of Nigeria, on Saturday, in Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari has acknowledged that the Federal Government is committed to making education affordable to youth of the country through the open and distance learning system (ODL).
The president also mentioned that his government is ready to deplore the necessary resources and facilities through direct budgetary funding and the tertiary education trust fund interventions in order to ensure that provision of quality tertiary education is guaranteed to the youth.
President Buhari was officially represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) Barr. Victor Onuoha, at the convocation ceremony.
In the words of the President: “It is of common knowledge that the root cause of most of the recorded crisis of nationhood that we recorded in Nigeria are as a result of ignorance which we hope can be abated through functional education.
“This is why the federal government of Nigeria is more than ever before, committed to making education affordable through the open and distance learning system. In this connection, therefore, the national policies on education have provided for lifelong learning that transcends all barriers through open and distance learning.
“As a government, we reiterate our commitment to continue to deplore, the necessary resources and facilities through direct budgetary funding, TETFund interventions and the NEEDS assessment funding to ensure that provision of quality tertiary education is guaranteed to our teeming youth.
“The president commended NOUN for expending access to higher education for Nigerians. Buhari added that the government would strengthen the ODL system of NOUN in order to meet its target of expanding access to tertiary education.
“It is gratifying to note that NOUN continues to record successes at the national level by expanding access to higher education as well as making it affordable. In this regard, the national open university of Nigeria has carved a niche for itself both nationally and internationally.
“The open and distance learning institution (ODL) will therefore be strengthened to take the lead in this desired direction” said the president.