Nigeria needs more universities – Gov. Abiodun

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L-R: The Pro-Chancellor, Aletheia University, Ago-Iwoye, Dr. (Mrs.) Onikepo Akande; Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun; the Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Trustees, Major General (Dr) Sansadeen Awosanya (rtd); Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi and wife of Chancellor, Mrs. Wosilat Awosanya, during the official opening ceremony of Aletheia University, Ago-Iwoye on Saturday.

Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun on Saturday said that Nigeria needed more universities to tackle the problem of access to tertiary education in the country.

The governor also advocated an increase in the carrying capacity of existing institutions.

Abiodun stated this at the official opening ceremony of the Aletheia University, Ago-Iwoye, Ijebu North local government area of the state.

The governor explained that the opening of the institution represented a dream of a society where education was not just a privilege, but a right for everyone.

“Statistics show us that almost two million candidates apply for admission into our tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

” Out of this number, only about 800,000 are able to secure admission. This leaves a huge gap because of the limited carrying capacity of our various institutions.

“Therefore, there is an urgent need to tackle this problem of access through the approach of increasing the carrying capacity of our institutions as well as establishing new ones.

“Government alone can not handle this, hence, there is a need to establish more private institutions like this,” he said.

Abiodun noted that his administration having recognised the transformative power of education, introduced the Ogun State Education Revitalization Agenda (OGSERA).

He stated that the programme had made the state the only state in the country with the Learners Identification Number (LIN).

The governor added that the LIN has enabled his administration to identify and also follow the progress of students in the public primary and secondary schools in the state.

Earlier, the Founder of the institution, Maj.-Gen. Sansadeen Awosanya (rtd), said the school was established with a vision to be a world class institution in a unique learning environment.

Awosanya added that graduands from the institution would receive both academic and entrepreneurial certificates.

He noted that Aletheia University was poised to produce graduates with innovative minds who were morally sound and equipped to become professionals and employers of labour in the future.

The Pro-Chancellor of the School and former Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. (Mrs.) Onikepo Akande, said the setting up of the university was to further pursue the founder’s dedication to serve God and humanity.

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