The president of the American University of Nigeria, Adamawa State, Dr Margee Ensign has advised the Federal Government to provide education that will solve the present and future problems in Nigeria.
Ensign who was recalled to spend another tenure as the president of AUN told journalists in a media parley on Monday that the government should make educational policies that would solve Nigeria’s problem in 2o years’ time.
Ensign who was president of AUN from 2010 to 2017 said, “The government should understand what Nigeria will look like in the future because there is a lot of potential in Nigeria. The children should be trained to make sure they are ready for the future in 20 years, to make it work, solve problems. In spite of all the challenges, Nigeria has greater opportunities. I have seen it around the world, if you have leaders saying let’s work on what will bring us together, people will contribute. I know it is a time of great challenge in the world, but leaders should focus on bringing people together.”
She also said AUN used American teaching standards mixed with NUC guidelines, saying every student in AUN was expected to be involved in community development.
“We follow NUC guidelines but the difference is in the way we teach, and challenge young people to solve problems. All our students are involved in various programmes that give them problem-solving experiences. Young people should question everything, make sure you can write well, always do critical thinking and do research, ” she said.
She also revealed that the institution would offer programmes in medicine and other health programmes.
Also speaking, on the security challenges in Nigeria and conducive learning environment, Assistant Vice President, Safety and Security, Dr Lionel Rawlins, said, “Instead of closing schools, why don’t you protect them? If the school has no fence, walls, don’t take your child there, if security is poorly dressed, no CCTV, do not keep your child in such a school. It is upsetting to see all these happening because I know the impact of kidnapping on children.”