Any Country Not Educating Girls Is Indirectly Locking Itself Up – Osinbajo

There is a need to review Nigerian education curriculum.

Ambose says investment in LASU is really yielding positive results.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed the need for Nigeria to place more premium on quality education and girl-child education in particular.

Speaking in Lagos on Thursday while delivering the 23rd convocation lecture of the Lagos State University(LASU), Ojo, where more than 54 postgraduate students of the university were conferred with higher degrees in various fields., the vice president said education is the most powerful force to tackle abject poverty and grow the economy and polity.

Speaking on the theme: “Africa Centres of Excellence in African Universities: A Veritable Catalyst for Nation Building and Development,” Osinbajo said, on the average, girls are smarter than boys and that any country that does not educate girls is indirectly locking itself up.

He also reiterated the government’s committed to removing out-of-school children from the streets across the country and that through improvement in learning and quality education, Nigerians could be lifted from abject poverty.

Osinbajo who emphasised that all hands must be on deck to achieve this and also to engage in collaborative activities on issues of public importance said redesigning Nigerian education curriculum is necessary.

He, however, Lagos state being the centre of excellence must be an apex of the educational system and also build research collaboration to find the solution not only to Nigeria and regional challenges.

In his own remarks, Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, said the state government was very committed to moving the education sector across tiers forward significantly.

He said the government investment in LASU is really yielding positive results and promised to do more.

Ambode; the former President of Ghana,  John Mahama; Vice-chancellor of LASU, Prof Olanrewaju Fagbohun, and many notable others, were at the event with Mahama as the chairman. The new university’s senate building was inaugurated earlier.

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