President Goodluck Jonathan has said the Federal Government is working together with the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to solve the problem of access to university education in the country.
Represented by Supervising minister of Education Nyesom Wike, President Goodluck Jonathan, said this while declaring open the 7th Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning holding from 2nd – 6th December 2013 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
“We have challenges in our conventional universities…with the National Open University of Nigeria, we have found solution to the issue of access to university education. We will continue to be a strong supporter,” he said.
The President also said “it obvious that open learning education without walls is the way to go. Distance learning is an innovation in the system of education in this part of the world.”
He also revealed the government would assist the NOUN in achieving its objectives.
“I am aware of the challenges and needs of NOUN. The government is working out modalities for collaboration of different agencies of government with the national open university of Nigeria to re strategise about a way forward.”
“Government is trying to empower NOUN with information communications technology. This special program is in collaboration with Sure-P and the Central Bank of Nigeria.”
Earlier in his welcome address, Prof. Vincent Ado Tenebe, Vice Chancellor, National Open University Of Nigeria (NOUN), open and distance learning educations is peoples’ education, bringing education to the grassroots without the restriction of wall.
“For the past one decade, NOUN has been at the vanguard of open and distance learning in Nigeria. It has distinguished itself as a leading ODL provider; and it is the determination of the university to continue to keep the flag flying as the years go by.”
He added that the Pan-Commonwealth Forum will bring more blessings and opportunities to the whole of Africa and especially Nigeria.
“Nigeria and indeed the whole of Africa should take the advantage and maximize all the benefits derivable from this golden opportunity,” he said.
The PCF theme is “Open Learning for Development: Towards Empowerment and Transformation”, with Girls and Women, Open Education Resources.
Other speakers at the conference include Prof. Asha S. Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.