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We need more universities, gov Abiodun says at Aletheia University opening

In an effort to address the challenges of access to tertiary education in Nigeria, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun emphasized the need for more universities and an expansion of existing institutions. The governor made these remarks during the official opening of Aletheia University in Ago-Iwoye, Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state.

Governor Abiodun stressed the importance of providing educational opportunities for all, stating, “The opening of this institution represents a dream of a society where education is not just a privilege but a right for everyone.”

Citing alarming statistics, he revealed, “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.”

The governor underscored the urgent need for more private institutions to address the growing demand, stating, “Therefore, there is the 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.”

Highlighting his administration’s commitment to education, Governor Abiodun mentioned the Ogun State Education Revitalisation Agenda (OGSERA), a program aimed at transforming education in the state.

He pointed out that Ogun is the only state in the country with a Learners Identification Number (LIN), allowing the government to track students’ progress in all public primary and secondary schools.

Earlier at the event, Retired Maj.-Gen. Sansadeen Awosanya, the founder of Aletheia University, expressed the institution’s commitment to providing a world-class learning environment. The university aims to contribute significantly to the educational landscape in Nigeria.

As the call for increased access to tertiary education gains momentum, Governor Abiodun’s push for more universities and expanded capacity remains a focal point in addressing the educational challenges facing the country.

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