Osinbajo tasks academics on education, healthcare reforms


VP Yemi Osinbajo

By Chijioke Okoronkwo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says professors and academics must take a keen interest in issues of education and healthcare, particularly reforms.

This is contained in a statement issued on Monday by his spokesman, Laolu Akande.

Osinbajo had a virtual meeting with a team of professors drawn from the six geo-political zones under the auspices of the Progressive Intellectuals Advisory Group (PIAG).

He interacted with the dons on a number of topical national development issues, and urged stakeholders, especially members of professional bodies, to make contributions towards addressing them.

“Given the rate of interest in tertiary education, we cannot cope with the brick-and-mortar approach.

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“We won’t be able to cope with the numbers in the near future because there will be millions more who will not be able to get into our schools.

The vice-president continued, “One of the things I’ve always thought about is how to be strategic about online tertiary education and how to build it to the point where Nigeria offers the greatest services in the field.”

“One of the things I want us to think about is how we can develop this idea and in what ways we can put together a plan, even if it is just an outline so we can push the idea further.”

On healthcare, the vice president called on members of the group to support the Federal Government’s efforts to reform the healthcare system by contributing to ideas that would make health insurance work effectively in the country.


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