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VC urges FG to tackle problem in education sector

Vice-Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria, Prof. Vincent Tenebe, has said that until the Federal Government solve the problem of education, the security challenges bedeviling the country will  not abate.

The VC noted that the various crises in the land were as result of ignorance and illiteracy, which the open university with its flexibility of operation had come to solve.

Urging Nigerians to take the opportunity of the system to acquire more knowledge, Tenebe, a professor of Agriculture, added that the enrollment figure of the university had hit 132,000 and that in the next five years , "my dream is  to hit 1.5 million students enrolment.”

The VC, who spoke to  newsmen in Kaduna on Monday,  also disclosed that apart from ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo,  who studied Theology in the institution, other prominent Nigerians, including the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, and seven  vice-chancellors of conventional universities   had increased the ranks of students of the institution.

"The Awujale of Ijebu, somebody who is 78 years old and has been on the throne for 52 years, is a 100 Level student of Law in NOUN. The more than 22 Obas under his domain have also enrolled in NOUN just because the Awujale, the paramount ruler of Ijebuland enrolled. The Emir of Bauchi, has also just filled his form for admission,” he said.

According to him, "Our capacity is at infinity. Open universities today can accommodate five million to 10 million students. As much as many are interested in acquiring education, we have the room for them. We are opened as wide as the capacity of this country.

"As I speak to you, the Open University of India has a student population of 3.8 million. At the moment, we already have 132,000 students. I want to assure you that in the next two sessions, we want to hit 500,000 students.”

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