Vice Chancellor of the University of Illorin, Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali has said that for any nation to be great, its citizens must be educated.
The VC noted that the solid education foundation put in place by the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo had helped to put the old Western Region and its people ahead of other regions of the federation till the present time.#
As a challenge, he urged the incoming federal government to emulate the vision of the sage by giving education for all a priority, irrespective of tribe or religion.
He stated this while speaking at the annual Back to School programme of the Nigeria Universities Education Students Association, NUESA, of the university in honour of Chief Awolowo in Ilorin yesterday.
The vice chancellor, who was represented at the event by the dean, Faculty of Education of the university, Dr. Alfred Akinbo Adegoke, said that Chief Awolowo stood for provision of educational opportunity for all Nigerians.
Talking on the theme of the programme, ‘Connecting the Past with the Present for a Rewarding Future in Nigeria Education System,’ the VC said the Back to School programme of the school was aimed to bring to the fore the importance of education to national development and fortunes, adding that no Nigerian child, be it boy or girl, should be excluded from getting quality western education.
Also speaking, the director of Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, who was represented by the dean of Business School of Babcork University, Professor Ayandiji Aina, said that the foundation believed that every child deserved right to quality education, adding that he was ready to partner with organisations that would promote education in the country.
Dr. Awolowo also frowned at over-prioritisation of education in the country, saying that it was one of the factors for high crime rate among the youth, emphasising that the foundation encourages and promotes decency among Nigerian youths.
In his lecture in honour of Chief Awolowo and Aare Afe Babalola, a professor in the Department of History and International Studies in Unilorin, R. A. Olaoye said “one cardinal philosophy of the Obafemi Awolowo foundation is to preserve and nurture the legacy of education of the late sagwe to fruition. In this regard, the hope of a rewarding education system in future is not lost. In the same vein, the gigantic stride of Chief Afe Babalola, in the establishement of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, is an indication that there will be light at the end of the tunnel.”

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