By Umar Yusuf
YOLA â€” The National Assembly is to collaborate with private universities in the country towards raising the falling standard of education at all levels of the education sector.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Oladimeji Bankole, who disclosed this weekend in Yola at the 2nd convocation of the American University of Nigeria, AUN, observed that the roles private universities played in uplifting the standard of the education could not be over emphasized.
According to the Speaker, â€œas Nigerians focus efforts in consolidating its socio-economic reforms, we must recognise that education remains the most effective tools of achieving rapid development.â€
The speaker who was represented by Mr. Emmanuel Bello said education “is so crucial that without the strategic empowerment of the youths, we cannot cope to attain the target of the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, let alone realise the ideals of the larger Vision 20-20-20.”
According to him, the advent of private universities in Nigeria is a favourable development by the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who masterminded the idea of forming the AUN, Yola which is a challenge to reduce the illiteracy rate in the country.
He said if the potentials in the educational sectors were not well harnessed especially in AUN, the sector would not have the capacity to advance investment and generate higher returns that would be competitive in the communication sector, adding that without the improvement of science and technology, “we canâ€™t solve the multi-present problems of development in Nigeria.”
Bankole said the National Assembly would continue to perform its oversight functions of the universities, in particular private universities and see areas of collaborating between the AUN and Federal Government of Nigeria.