Mark, Ojerinde harps on education as antidote to nation's woes


President of the Senate, Senator David Mark and the Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Professor Dibu Ojerinde have canvassed for functional education of citizens especially the youths as the antidote to the myriads of problems confronting the nation.

They attributed the problems facing the nation including insurgency, violence, armed robbery and drug abuse among others to illiteracy .

Senator Mark and Ojerinde spoke in Otukpo, Benue state weekend at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Professor Odusola Ojerinde ( late wife of the JAMB Registrar) memorial golf tournament.

Specifically, Senator Mark told the audience that he is committed to the development of Education “because I believe that a well educated citizenry would be an asset to the nation.

“Besides being the foundation for any development, education liberates the people and curb all forms anti social behaviors.

“Whatever, I can do to support Education, I will not hesitate to do it. I want to bequeath education of our people especially in my constituency as a legacy. For me , It is the most important investment “.

He also explained that he promotes sports as the needed companion to education “because a combination of both will enhance peaceful coexistence, eradicates crimes, promotes unity and development.”

In his remarks, JAMB Registrar said part of efforts to improve education in Nigeria in line with global best practices is the introduction of Computer Based Test (CBT) for all the board's examinations.

Professor Ojerinde announced that beginning from 2015, any student or candidate who is not computer (ICT) literate would have no business with JAMB conducted examinations ” because we are not going to compromise on that”.

He said it was for this reason that JAMB embarked on the establishment of Computer Based Centres across the country preparatory for all its examinations.

Professor Ojerinde stressed that Examination is central to education and must be taken seriously at all levels.

The three- days golf tournament was in Honour of late Professor Odusola Ojerinde whom they described as an ideal mother, an outstanding teacher and counsellor.

Paul Mumeh, Chief Press Secretary to the President of the Senate.

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