Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged Federal, State and local governments “to do more in the area of employment”.
Speaking at the 10th anniversary and 6th and 7th convocation ceremonies of Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijagun, Ijebu Ode in Ogun State, Mr. Obasanjo warned “If there is no job for the unemployed to feed themselves and also to contribute to the development of the country then, we will all be sitting on gun powder”.
Obasanjo insisted “If University education was not for development then, it was not serving any useful purpose, insisting “It must be for development, personal, local, national and even global and that is very important”.
The former president stressed that education is a meal ticket for anybody that has it, adding that it is also a means of breaking poverty circle.
Obasanjo advised “I believe in lifelong education. Nobody should stop learning until he or she dies”.
On his decision to accept the award bestowed on him, ex-President Obasanjo said it was because of the personality the school was named after, adding he was one of the great and best educationist the country ever have.
“I don’t indulge in accepting Honourary award not even in Bells University of Technology. It became a must because of the personality which the University was named after. He is one of the best educationists this country ever have, then his memory should remain real with everybody”, he explained.
Secondly, he told the audience that it was a privilege to be honoured alongside the late Chief Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo, insisting “Anywhere mama is been honoured, we must join hand to to honour her”.
Obasanjo was honoured with Honourary Doctorate of Education in Political Science while HID was honoured with Honourary Doctorate in Business Education while Aliko Dangote was conferred with Doctorate in Science and Business Education. Late HID Awolowo’s daughter, Mrs Tola Adeniran, received the award on behalf of her mother.
Mr. Obasanjo further stated that he accepted the award because a decade in any human life was not a joke, stressing “I believe to honour this institution is an exercise that is worthy”.
Lastly on why he received the Award, he said “This is the first University of Education and any agency of education must be accorded with honour. The idea came 12 years when I am still in the helms of affairs that we have University of Agriculture then why can’t we have University of Education then Ogun State took the advantage of it to establish it”.
He also thanked Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for sustaining the legacy.