Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, has intensified efforts to increase its annual admission quota from 6,000 to 50,000 students, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, a statement said on Thursday.
The vice-chancellor announced the plan at the Annual Public Lecture of the Faculty of Education, according to a statement by Alhaji Garba Kumo, the Principal Assistant Registrar, Public Affairs Department.
Mustapha said the management had concluded arrangements for the commencement of distance learning in some selected courses to achieve the objective.
"The only solution to the limited admission spaces in ABU is through embarking on distance learning programme," he said.
Mustapha listed some of the measures taken by the university to facilitate the actualisation of the goal to include increase in infrastructure development and provision of ICT facilities.
"In the next five to 10 years, ABU will be able to increase its admission space from 6,000 to 50,000 students annually," he said.
Presenting a paper on “Open and Distance Education in Nigeria: An overview and prospects", the Guest Speaker, Prof. Aminu Mohammed-Dorayi, said distance learning had brought speedy development to many communities.
Mohammed-Dorayi said the strategy was the only practicable solution to access qualitative and quantitative education in Nigeria.