AUN president blames Africa’s under-development on poor education
THE President, American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, Dr. Margee Ensign, has blamed the massive poverty and under- development in Nigeria and other African countries on poor quality education and lack of paying attention to women’s education.
The AUN president, who spoke in Yola during the presentation of 125 Spring 2015 new students’ pledge ceremony, said the only effective way to fight poverty is not providing jobs that cannot feed the worker’s families, but by providing quality education that can enable the graduates to provide jobs instead of seeking jobs.
She said the aim of AUN is not only to fill the vacuum, but to ensure that the graduates of the institution touch the lives of different societies in the African continent and beyond.
The longest serving AUN president stated that the institution did not only carter for the student’s welfare, but extended its gesture to residents of Adamawa State and beyond.
She disclosed that United States (U.S.) government has donated $100,000 (one hundred thousand dollars) to the institution to boost its scheme on feeding of hundreds of thousands of Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) due to the insurgents operating in the three states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
The president, who disclosed that AUN fed 207,000 IDPs from December last year to this year, commended the Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Yola, Dr. Stephen Mamza, for housing both Moslems and Christians and is also feeding over 18,000 displaced persons in the church Cathedral in Yola, pointing out that a good worker of God is known by his humanitarian activities and not by preaching alone.