The Vice Chancellor, Ekiti State University, Prof Edward Olanipekun, has called for drastic measures to improve the education sector through adequate funding.
Olanipekun stated this at the 2019 Annual General Meeting/Special Convention of the Ekiti State University Alumni Association held in Abuja on Saturday.
The Vice Chancellor, according to a statement on Sunday by the Public Relations Officer of the association, Ondo State chapter, Olumide Abudu, maintained that universities are facing serious challenges in the country.
He, however, said that with adequate funding such situations would be addressed.
He said, “It is saddened that most state-owned universities and other institutions suffered from infrastructural deficiencies due to lack of subvention from the government”.
“What the institutions raised from tuition cannot meet the need of the schools as its consequential effects manifest on the academic culture and research exploit of the students including the academia and this call for reflection”.
Speaking on the theme of the convention “EKSU Alumni Association reinventing the wheel for enduring legacies,” the Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof Abel Idowu Olayinka, urged alumni members to always put the interest of their alma mater at heart and contribute to its development.
Olayinka noted that such contribution would add value to the institutions and reduce pressure from relying on government supports.
In a goodwill message, Minister of Industry, Trade & investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, urged institutions of higher learning in Nigeria to diversify and engage in profitable ventures in line with academic structure that would earn them other source of funding.
The National President of the EKSU Alumni Association, Dr Oludotun Adetunberu, corroborated the call for subvention to institution of higher learning by government.
Adetunberu also appealed to members, especially those in position of authority and well-meaning Nigerians, to see to the development of their alma mater.
Highlight of the occasion was the investiture of Olanipekun as a “Life Member” of the Association, presentation of awards to dignitaries and outstanding members of the Association.
The event which was heralded by a gala night was witnessed by top government functionaries, captain of industries and members from across the country and overseas.