Dr David Oyedepo, the Chancellor of Covenant University, Ota in Ogun, has urged the Federal Government to increase funding to the education sector to bail the country out of its myriads of challenges.
Oyedepo said there was nothing that could empower people like knowledge and that the more enlightenment people are, the more solutions they proffer to the nation’s challenges.
He spoke at the 12th inaugural lecture of the institution on Thursday in Ota. The theme of the lecture was, “The Synergy between Language, Discourse and the Media in the Construction of Realities.’’
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the institution, a private Christian university, was established in February 2002 among the first set of private university licensed by the ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration.
Oyedepo said: “The less we invest in education the more problems we create for the country.
“The future of any nation is in the quality of investment it makes in education.’’
Oyedepo, the founder and pastor of Living Faith Church a.k.a Winners’ Chapel, stressed the need for the authorities to invest heavily in education at all levels, saying no nation will help our country to put things right.
On the quality of graduates being produced in the country, he also advised the Federal Government to provide an enabling environment for the educational system to produce quality graduates for the growth and advancement of the country.
Delivering her inaugural lecture, Prof. Taiwo Abioye, the university’s former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said there was an urgent need to bridge the educational gap between the South and the North to stem blood-letting and other forms of conflicts and criminalities in the North.
According to her, the North is really lacking behind in terms of educational development and it has contributed to the current problems, breakdown of law and order in the area.
She said: “The present problem in the North, as far as education is concerned, is a gap between the North and the South and the Federal Government needs to take decisive steps in addressing the issue.”
The don identified factors militating against an effective literacy level in the North as misplacement of priorities and the persistent pattern observed in government’s attitude.
Describing education as the bedrock of any nation’s development, Abioye said: “Any country that does not educate its population is bound to fail.
“Education is a fundamental human right that enhances people’s ability and skill development, improves workers’ efficiency, adaptability and productivity.’’
The don, however, suggested that the Federal Government should make education free and compulsory from primary to the secondary school level throughout for peace, unity and progress to reign in the country. (NAN)
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