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VC wants TETFUND to extend assistance to private universities


OWO (Ondo) – Prof. Tunji Ibiyemi, the Vice Chancellor, Achievers’ University, Owo, Ondo State, on Friday, urged the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) to extend assistance to private universities for quality education and proficiency.

Ibiyemi made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said the Federal Government should allow the Fund to make impact in the lives of those in private universities as well.

He added that “we are all tax payers, either you are in government or private sector, knowledge is not confined to public universities alone.

“Therefore, TETFUND should extend assistance to private universities too, for equal positive impact since the students in private universities are meant to enjoy the dividend of governance.’’

The vice chancellor added that some students in private universities could perform better than their counterparts in public schools and that the private sector could manage resources better.

He said “few months ago, it was a student from private institution that had the best research proposal among students chosen from 18 universities selected in Africa.

“This shows that private universities know how to manage time and resources better.

“So if such benefits are extended to us, there will be more positive results.’’

According to him, private universities have made their grievance known in various meetings and implored the National Assembly to modify the TETFUND section of the constitution so that the benefits could be extended.

Commenting on the Achievers University, Owo, the vice chancellor said it was progressing
gradually, adding that its vision was to be the best in Africa.

Ibiyemi said that courses offered in the university had all been accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC). (NAN)

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