Daily Trust (Abuja)

31 December 2012

Nigeria: President Wants Varsities to Expand

President Goodluck Jonathan has charged federal universities to solve the problem of limited access to tertiary education by expanding their network facilities to cater for online students.

Jonathan, who made the statement at the 39th convocation ceremony of 5,249 students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, said it was not enough for the existing universities to only admit an average of 150,00 students annually while more than a million are denied admission.

Jonathan, who was represented by Education Minister Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa'i, said the curricular in varsities should be reviewed so that education offered is relevant to the needs of the society.

He said Nigerian universities are expected to partner with organized private sectors and international agencies in outreach programmes, research grants, and Information and Communication Technology so they can become world classed.

Vice-chancellor of the university, Prof. Bamitale Omole, said the university which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, was declared the best in research, information technology and accountability by the Nigerian University ranking of November, 2012.

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