Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo lamented the fate of more than 14 million children out of school in Nigeria and declared that the lack of formal education and stagnation of development are some of the biggest problems facing the country.
Obasanjo was asked to have stated this while speaking as chair of the second convocation ceremony of Chrisland University, Abeokuta.
In a statement released over the weekend by Cletus Ilobanafor, the university’s media consultant, Obasanjo was said to have revealed that around 14 million children who should be in school are on the streets, saying that “this should be reason of concern for those who want the best for the country and Africa as a whole ”.
He added that “the number of children who should be in school and are not in school in Nigeria is more than the population of many African countries.”
Obasanjo urged graduate students to stay focused despite the hardships in Nigeria, adding that there are still opportunities they could take to be great in life.
Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun, represented by the Commissioner of Education, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, while rejoicing with the university on the occasion of its 2nd convocation commended the institution for its commitment to the quality university education that is needed. to produce manpower to address some of the country’s challenges.
Also speaking, the governor’s wife, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, praised the university leadership for working 24 hours a day to secure the convocation made despite the challenges in 2020.
The vice-chancellor of the university, Prof. Chinedum Peace Babalola congratulated the 28 graduate students, awarded with bachelor’s degrees and professional certificates in entrepreneurship, saying that their training at the university had also endowed them with skills for self-employment.
Professor Babalola revealed that among the 28 graduates, five, all women, obtained First Class, while Folashade Kikelomo Mary with 4.80 CGPA, from the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences, emerged as the best graduate student overall.
The VC further said that the university had instilled in the students entrepreneurial skills that would make them job creators rather than job seekers.
The invited speaker to the call, the Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology of the African Union, Professor Sarah Anyang Agbor, called on African leaders to have strong political will to ensure sustainable growth and a positive impact on people .
During the convening conference on the theme “Leadership, sustainable growth and nation-building in Africa: a reflective perspective”, Agbor explained that “among the critical problems facing Africa today is the violent youth population and with it, the challenge of youth unemployment ”, saying that data from the Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics revealed that the unemployment rate in the second quarter of 2020 was 27.1%.
“For us to achieve AU Vision 2063, change the grim narrative of African youth, leaders must invest in good governance to achieve this goal. Good governance is a reflection of effective leadership and vice versa ”.