The Managing Director of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Mallam Umaru Ibrahim, has advocated quality education as panacea to check the spate of violence and insecurity challenges currently being experienced in the country.

The deposit insurance expert made the remarks in an address he delivered as the keynote speaker at the 15th Graduation Ceremony of Zaria Academy, Shika, Kaduna State, where a science laboratory built and equipped by the Corporation was formally commissioned as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative.

A statement by the Corporation’s Head, Communications and Public Affairs, Mohammed Kudu Ibrahim, quoted the director General as lamenting the upsurge in violent crimes and other challenges of insecurity especially among youths in the country.

Ibrahim expressed the belief that the situation could be attributed to poor and weak educational system.

He therefore called for concerted efforts by all stakeholders to guarantee qualitative education for millions of the nation’s youths to prepare them for gainful employment opportunities and better living conditions.

Ibrahim, who urged Nigerians to view the provision of quality education as the responsibility of all, described complete reliance on government alone for delivery of quality education as unrealistic.

He called on the private sector to compliment government efforts, stating that the resources available to government could not provide the type of education required to produce graduates that are not only employable, but also adaptable to the rapidly changing global economy.

According to him, the corporation’s acceptance of the request from the Zaria Academy for the construction and equipping of its Science Laboratories which were razed by fire about two years ago is partly based on the nation’s squalid education situation, especially in the Northern states.

He expressed delight that the NDIC’s modest intervention largely contributed to the successes of the last two sets of graduates from the academy.

While noting the low standard of education in the Northern states and the low rate of Senior Secondary School enrolment, Ibrahim called on governors in the region to improve the educational standards of their states and also offer scholarships to bright but indigent students.