We’ll Make Education More Accessible, FG Assures Nigerians

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Federal Government, on Wednesday, pledged to make education more accessible to Nigerians.

The Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Sununu, pledged at the inauguration of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Surulere Campus, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sununu described the campus, as aimed at enhancing access to education by all, as in line with the eight-point agenda of President Bola Tinubu.

He enjoined the university management and prospective students to utilise the facilities provided well.

“This centre has added slots and access to education is going to be established, because you can operate from your neighbourhood, particularly for students who want to pursue their academic career.

“As the Federal Ministry of Education, we want to assure that we are in full compliance with President Tinubu’s eight-point agenda,” he said.

The minister said the government would ensure that its certificate is one to be proud of and reckoned with.

Similarly, the Speaker of, the House of Representatives, MrTajudeen Abbas, said that programmes offered in the University would equip youth and adult learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in today’s competitive environment.

“The unique approach to education, focusing on flexibility and open access, is particularly significant in our rapidly changing world.”

“It caters not just to the traditional student but also to working professionals, entrepreneurs, and lifelong learners who seek to enhance their knowledge and skills to meet the evolving demands of the global economy.

“The newly constructed campus in Surulere is a sign of hope and opportunity; it promises to be a hub of learning and innovation, contributing significantly to the local economy, creating jobs, and fostering community development.”

Also, the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, said the essence of building the campus was to bring access to quality tertiary education to the doorsteps of people at the grassroots.

According to Gbajabiamila, the idea is to make sure that distance and access to education no longer limit the ability of people to achieve big dreams and grand ambitions.

“This campus is part of a sustained effort to guarantee education access at all levels and for all the people of Surulere and, indeed, people of Lagos State.

“This state is the Centre of Excellence; we must try to be excellent in all things, but more importantly, we must ensure that the generations coming after us have the training and the capacity to sustain excellence and take it to greater heights than we can even imagine.”

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