President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for bagging a doctorate diploma from the National Open University(NOUN).
Buhari, who was the customer at 7th Convocation of NOUN on Saturday in Abuja, described Obasanjo because the “Father of Open and Distance Education in Nigeria.’’
Obasanjo, who was among the many 14, 769 graduands, was conferred with Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Theology, thereby making him the primary PhD product of NOUN.
Out of the quantity, 41 bagged top quality honours.
Represented by Prof. Abubakar Raheed, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Buhari mentioned that it was Obasanjo’s perception in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) that made him enroll in NOUN.
“Obasanjo, due to his quest for high quality schooling, might have opted to satisfy his need for college schooling in Ivy League universities of the world and none of them might have denied him this chance.
“NOUN and certainly Nigerians, will proceed to understand your perception, recognition of and help for ODL in Nigeria; we’re happy with you,’’ he mentioned.
Buhari mentioned that his administration desired that Nigerian Universities, no matter their mode of supply, would ship on nationwide wants and aspiration in addition to be strategically positioned to compete internationally.
The customer mentioned that because of the centrality of the curriculum within the supply of high quality college schooling, he had charged NUC to make sure periodic evaluation of Nigerian college curriculum.
Earlier in his deal with, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, NOUN’s Vice-Chancellor mentioned 14, 769 college students throughout all disciplines marked the biggest variety of college students ever graduated in NOUN.
Adamu mentioned that the best satisfaction of the occasion was the commencement of Obasanjo as NOUN’s first PhD pupil.
“His profitable completion of a rigorous course of research and going via the quite a few examination processes resulting in PhD in Christian Theology and its affirmation by the University Senate in January is his strongest assertion about lifelong schooling.
“His endurance and perseverance in pursuing a doctorate diploma programme at his age and standing in life is a roadmap to all of us.
“It clearly communicates three credos: you might be by no means too previous to study; you might be by no means too highly effective to study and you might be by no means too filled with studying
“Obasanjo embodies all these and subsequently turns into the poster boy of schooling renaissance. Nigeria congratulates the oldest PhD graduating pupil in its historical past,’’ he mentioned.
On his half, NOUN’s Chancellor, Dr Lawrence Agubuzu, mentioned that Obasanjo had made a large stride.
The conventional ruler mentioned that Obasanjo had confirmed to be an all-round mannequin to each citizen of Nigeria.
“Whoever wants a lesson on lifelong studying ought to merely research the trajectory of Obasanjo’s schooling.
In his comment, Obasanjo expressed enjoyment of being awarded doctorate diploma by NOUN.
He described NOUN as among the finest establishments of studying in Africa.
The former president mentioned that he had many honorary levels however none was as fulfilling as bagging a doctorate diploma from NOUN.
“I really feel a unique sense of pleasure as we speak from once I obtain honorary levels; finally depend, I’ve obtained about 20 honorary levels from high grade universities everywhere in the world.
“The earned doctorate diploma I obtain as we speak comes with a unique sense of achievement and accomplishment.
“My studentship of NOUN confirmed that through the ODL platform, there is no such thing as a age restrict, no standing barrier, no social lineage.’’
He mentioned that in his pupil’s days at NOUN, he requested that he shouldn’t be given any particular privileged as a result of he wished to undergo it as different college students.
“I went via the rigours and self-discipline of publish graduate research like another publish graduate pupil.
“I thank my supervisors for giving me the chance of going via the crucible of analysis for my doctoral work.
“I couldn’t have had higher supervisors; they have been agency, strict however meticulous and tortuous,’’ he mentioned.
He thanked the workers and administration of NOUN and congratulated fellow graduands.