By Dayo Adesulu & Tare Youdeowei
The Chancellor, Covenant University, Ota, Bishop David Oyedepo has said the only solution to the problems bedevilling Africa is quality education, noting that it is the foundation for nation building.
Oyedepo, who disclosed this at the institution’s 10th convocation lecture Thursday said: “There is no political solution to African problems, except for the governments to invest largely in higher education.”
Lamenting the yearly drop in education funding in Nigeria and other African countries, he said if any government must get it right in its ramifications, investment in education must be paramount and massive.
Meanwhile, former Secretary, National Universities Commission, NUC, Professor Peter Okebukola while delivering lecture on: ‘Higher Education and Africa’s Future: Doing What is Right’ lamented that in spite of vast natural resources, Africa remains one of the world’s most underdeveloped.
He described it as a direct consequence of a miscellany of factors which include high level of illiteracy and corruption.
Disclosing the 2063 Africa Union(AU) agenda, he said that Africa is in the process of forming a common framework that will guarantee quality higher education on regional basis and in the continent.
His words: “Africa’s future and the attainment of Agenda 2063 is inextricably linked with the quality of higher education delivered on the continent.