National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has sought for increased enrolment of students in the Northeast geo-political zone, saying the situation is worrisome as only 3,739 out of its 106,000 students are from the North-east.
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A NOUN council member Garba Sani disclosed this Tuesday when his committee paid an advocacy visit to Emir of Damaturu, Alh. Shehu Hashimi II Ibn Umar El-Kanemi, in Damaturu.
“Across the nation we have enrolment of 106,000 students with only 3,739 from the Northeast; representing 3 per cent of the total number and also only 236 are from Damaturu the state capital.
“The number is very low, that was why a four man committee under my chairmanship was constituted to tour the Northeast and Northwest to create sensitization and awareness.
“Yobe state government having declared state of emergency on education, we visited the technical committee set-up for the review, we presented our situation to them and they assured us of working together,” he said.
The committee chairman also told our correspondent that, NOUN will support the state to achieve its mandate on education, saying they have take education to door steps of Nigerians.
“In every single state we have a centre. As at now we have 78 centres and our target is to expand more until we reach all the 774 local government councils across the nation.”
Responding, the Emir of Damaturu, said he will welcome every thing that will move education forward in his emirate. He pledges, that meeting with district heads and other traditional leaders will hold immediately to sensitize them.
The royal further stated clearly, that Boko Haram insurgency had brought a lot of set-backs in education sector and will not take any other chances.
He urged the NOUN committee to strengthen technological education to help the country diversify its economy assuring the number of students’ enrolment in his emirate will soon increase.