By Gracious George
The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), has appealed to the Bayelsa State Government for support to effectively carry out its educational activities.
The Yenagoa Centre Director of NOUN, Dr. Mathias Jarikre made the appeal during a courtesy visit to the State Commissioner for Education, Hon. Gentle Emelah in his office in Yenagoa.
He stated that the university was originally established for working class people seeking higher education, however young people currently make up a larger percentage of students which has put a strain on available resources.
Jarikre specifically appealed for six class room blocks and accommodation for staff of the institution which will aid learning during weekends.
The Director therefore called for support from the government to enable them deliver quality education to the large number of students needing their services.
On his part, Hon. Gentle appreciated the university for the unique role it is playing to ensure that those who may not have the time or opportunity to attend conventional universities have the chance to recieve formal education.
He added that Governor Diri’s Prosperity administration is ever ready to partner with them to achieve excellent service delivery and ensure that more Bayelsans have access to formal education in order to secure the future of the state.