BY: ABDULLAHI ALHASSAN, KADUNA
No few than 201 Students graduated from Centre for Human Resources Development of the National Open University of Nigeria,(NOUN) in collaboration with The Centre for Human Resources Development and Empowerment initiative (CHRDEI) in the various skills Acquisition programmes in Kaduna.
In his Address to the graduating students, Nigeria’s vice president Senator Kashim Shettima said “the Federal government will continue to encouragement and promise support the NOUN for floating such all important training at a time when the present Administration is rolling out so many beneficial programmes to the masses which will be requiring credible and competently trained personnel to implement them.
Shettima represented by Majority leader Kaduna state House of Assembly, Honourable Ahmed Mohammed Chokali, said the Vice President reckons with their initiative and commend all the collaborating institutions for this well thought and carefully implemented training which tallies with the developmental strides of the Renewed Hope agenda of the President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Also Speaking during the 26th Graduation ceremony in Kaduna, the Vice- Chencellor of NOUN Professor Olufemi Peters, Represented by Professor Oduma Orji Oduma Deputy Vice -Chencellor Academic, said “this 26th graduation ceremony is indeed special,in numbers of ways.
The Vice- Chencellor explained that “First with 201 trainees deserving Certificates of completion today, it is indisputable that every year we make greater leaps,more so it is a reaffirmation of the increasing confidence reposed by Nigerians on the competencies and integrity of the National Open University of Nigeria.
Professor Orji, maintained that “these graduating Class of 201, were trained in information and Communication Technology and Web Design, further testify the role of the NOUN in developing appreciate competencies for a new global order, driven by information and emerging technologies.
He explained that the university is indeed and in truth an enabler of opportunities and has sustained the streak in it’s continued effort to live up to its mandate of providing wider access to education generally but more specifically, enhanced Education for all and life -long learning.
Earlier In his speech the Founder Centre for Human Resource Development and Empowerment lnitiative (CHRDEI) Dr, Muhammad Ali, Said “As you marvel at your daughter or son’s accopliments, it doesn’t seem that long ago when those that are graduating today can’t even start a computer or set an embroidery machine or printer but out of share hard work, commitment about to celebrate their graduation having been found worthy both in character and in learning.
“This efforts your Excellency, deserves to be noted and promoted for the overall benefit of the nation and the citizens because having achieved what the graduating Students have attained,no one of them will look back or be attracted to become a Social malcontent or a bandit in search of soft target or easy money from ransom payment or such other vices that threatens societal social order.
Dr Ali, explained that” A lack of empowerment and Civic Participation, lack of personal security are all problem confronting our youth population across the nation today, in so doing, government must make it a duty to establish enabling environment for jobs creation for the teaming youth population made up of graduate and artisans alike.
The Founder of the Centre added that “in our own little ways,we are seeking to eradicate poverty from among our population and the women folk and we believe the aspiration is for a Society where no one regardless of physical location, gender, age, health, disability status, ethnic or religious identity is dependent at any rate over his/her life cycle.
“It is for this Simple fact that the Centre for Human Resource Development and Empowerment lnitiative is taking no chances at training our youths,males and females in entrepreneurial development and inculcating in them the spirit of Self-dependence and patriotism so that together we can build a virile society where Self-dependence should be the vogue and not begging and destitution” he concluded.