Prof. Julius Okojie, the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, (NUC) and the immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega, on Wednesday, stressed the need for quality education in Nigeria, while calling for educational reforms that would involve learning and character in the country.
The duo were at the 3rd convocation of the Afe Babalola University, in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, where they warned that quality must not be compromised in the university system in the country.
Okojie stated categorically that NUC is in support of quality education in the university system, noting that private university in Nigeria had ameliorated the process of access to quality education.
Jega who showered praises on the founder of Afe Babalola for the giant stride, urged the Federal and State governments to emulate the university’s innovation on education with learning and character, to help the future of the country.
Jega said: “Nigeria’s vision in education is gradually being achieved through Afe Babalola University. There is a need to set a standard for the growth of education in this country.
“One cannot de-emphasise character of a graduate. Learning and character must go together and when these virtues are exhibited out there, it will surely contribute to the development of our country”.
Jega bagged an honorary Doctor of Public Administration.
In his remark, the Founder and President of the university, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), pointed out that the future of Nigeria depends on the quality of education of the Nigerian students