Lack of proper education is the major cause of crises in Nigeria — Buhari

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has blamed the crises in Nigeria on ignorance and lack of proper education, saying the problem can only be addressed through the provision of proper education.

This was as he tasked universities to begin to develop curricula on self-education, saying a shift in focus and orientation of students was very necessary at the moment.

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Noting that education “supports all efforts and developments in terms of social, economic, political and religious undertakings”, Buhari, who spoke, Saturday, at the 11th Convocation ceremony of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, held in Abuja, said his, “Administration is committed to making education affordable to all, through the Open and Distance Learning, ODL.

“In this connection, the National Policy on Education, NPE, had provided for lifelong learning that transcends all barriers through Open and Distance Learning, ODL), the president said in his through his representative and acting Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. David Gende. said his “administration has done and will continue to do several things to support the operations of the university by placing priority in the provision of critical human and material infrastructure through annual budgetary allocations and interventions from Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND.

“It is common knowledge that the root cause of most of the recorded crises of nationhood we experience in Nigeria is a result of ignorance which can only be through the provision of education.

” The University, as the only single-mode, Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institution in Nigeria, was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria to bring equitable access to all eligible Nigerians who are being constrained by the limited space in the Conventional Universities.

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“I am extremely happy to note that the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is indeed delivering on its mandate by taking affordable University education to the doorsteps of Nigerians irrespective of their location, tribe, sex, and religion,” the president said.

Açcording to him, “Education as we all know, supports all efforts and developments in terms of social, economic, political and religious undertakings.

” It is common knowledge that the root cause of most of the recorded crises of nationhood we experience in Nigeria is a result of ignorance which can only be through the provision of education.

“This is why this Administration is committed to making education affordable to all, through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL). In this connection, the National Policy on Education (NPE) had provided for Lifelong Learning that transcends all barriers through Open and Distance Learning (ODL).

“This A)administration has done and will continue to do several things to support the operations of the University by placing priority on the provision of critical human and material infrastructure through annual budgetary allocations and interventions from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND),” he added.

The president said,” It is gratifying to note that the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) continues to record more successes at the national level by expanding access to higher education as well as making it affordable through the establishment of more Study Centres across the country.”

” In this regard, the National Open University of Nigeria has created a niche for itself in both national and global spaces,” he further said.

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