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We’ll continue to promote distance learning to improve access to education: Tinubu

“We will continue to do this to improve quality, access, and affordability,” Mr Tinubu said.

• April 13, 2024
President Bola Tinubu (Credit: Presidency)
President Bola Tinubu (Credit: Presidency)

President Bola Tinubu has assured Nigerians that his administration will continue to promote open and distance learning (ODL) to improve access to higher education.

Mr Tinubu gave the assurance at the 13th convocation and investiture of the third chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin, on Saturday in Abuja.

“We will continue to do this to improve quality, access, and affordability,” he said.
Mr Tinubu was represented at the event by Biodun Saliu, the deputy executive secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC).

He said the deployment of the ODL approach in tertiary education was the major link to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

“Government is, therefore, committed through the Federal Ministry of Education and the NUC to provide the enabling environment to ensure a good delivery of this mode of education in Nigeria,” he said.

The vice-chancellor of NOUN, Olufemi Peters, said the university had maintained its leadership role in promoting ODL across Africa.

He noted that the 2024 convocation was unique because of the investiture of the institution’s third chancellor, the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II.

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