Written by Godfrey AKON

Buhari tasks Nigerian varsities on SDGs

President Muhammadu Buhari has enjoined all universities in Nigeria to make significant contributions to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.

Buhari gave the charge in Abuja at the 5th convocation ceremony of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN.

The president also noted the critical role NOUN can play towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal 4 which has to do with education, adding that government was pleased with the performance of the institution.

He maintained that the success of federal government’s effort towards diversifying the economy will depend on the application of the benefits accruing from the development of human capital through education.

Represented by the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, the president said Nigeria will spare no efforts at delivering quality education to its citizens, adding that through NOUN, government has provided opportunity for those unable to attend regular schools.

Buhari lamented that despite having 141 universities in the country access to university education was still a challenge, stating that one of the cardinal objectives of government was the provision of access to tertiary education.

He said the establishment of the NOUN was in recognition of the fact that education is the most important instrument of change in any society.

Meanwhile, the National Open University of Nigeria, has, perhaps, grown into Nigeria’s largest tertiary institution with about 73 centres and a population of 200,000 registered students spread across the country.

The institution, which recently graduated 10, 653 students in its 5th convocation ceremony in Abuja, has disclosed it is determined to establish study centres in all 774 Local Governments in the country within the next 15 years.

Speaking after his investiture at the convocation, emeritus Professor, Godwin Sogolo said NOUN was, patently, spearheading a revolution in tertiary education in the country.

“It is amazing that in just a decade, NOUN has grown into a successful facilitator of mass tertiary education in Nigeria. Today, NOUN is in all nooks and crannies in of this great country with over 70 study centres and 200,000 registered students.”

“It is a privilege for me to be associated with and honoured by this institution, which is, patently, spearheading a revolution in tertiary education,” he said.

Recall that the National Open University of Nigeria was established in 2003 to offer cost-effective and flexible open and distance learning for the teeming population of applicants seeking university education.

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