Nigerians advised to embrace Open University – Prof. Rufai Alkali, the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Affairs, has advised all Nigerians to show their help for the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
Speaking at the fourth convocation lecture of the university, which was held at the National Theatre, Iganmu, for the duration of the weekend, Alkali described the institution as a viable solution to the issue of inaccessibility to university education facing a lot of young Nigerians.
Alkali, who was represented by former Sports Minister, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, referred to as on governmental and non-governmental institutions to show their enormous help for the university.
In view of this, he appealed to the National Youth Service Corps and the Nigerian Law College to endorse the university by incorporating graduates of the institution into their programmes.
During the lecture, which was titled ‘Open and Distance Understanding Education and Democratic Transformation of Nigeria’, Alkali emphasised the commitment of the Jonathan-led government to ensure that university education is made accessible to as several Nigerians as are qualified for it.
“With the involvement of NOUN in the provision of university education to the grassroots, the administration has virtually democratised access to university education,” he stated.
The event was chaired by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Educational Analysis and Improvement Council (NERDC), Prof. Godswill Obioma. Also in attendance was the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie.
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