Augustine University Vice Chancellor Ilara-Epe Professor Christopher Odetunde said the federal government’s recent announcement that it would start providing scholarships and teaching stipends to students at higher education institutions should also be extended to students of private universities.
He also urged the government to extend the Higher Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to private institutions.
He said this when describing the activities planned for the university’s third convening ceremony.
“Public and private institutions produce graduates for our country and even the world at large. The quality of graduates would show where they work. Plus, we all contribute to the stock exchange where the funds come from to perform these things,” he said. “TETFund should support everyone. The government’s recent moves regarding teaching allowances and scholarships for education students shouldn’t be limited to public schools, either. We are all Nigerians and deserve to be taken care of properly. “
Odetunde further noted that Nigerian universities do not rank well globally due to some particular factors that militate against their growth in the country.
“We can all see that when Nigerians go overseas they excel, even with what has been used to train them here. We just need to be encouraged and things will be okay. talents here, but the there is no right atmosphere, ”he said.
Odetunde added that since the university was established seven years ago, it has grown tremendously and praised the Catholic Church’s Diocese of Lagos for its vision and support.
“AUI started operating with 13 programs in nine departments and obtained approval from the National Universities Commission (NUC) to run seven additional programs in 2021. The programs are Mass Communication and Political Science at the Faculty of human, management and social sciences Biotechnology, Fisheries and aquaculture, cybersecurity, information technology and software engineering at the Faculty of Science, ”he said.
As part of the ceremony, a Nigerian from the diaspora, Edward Okpa, will deliver the graduation lesson, and 45 students will receive diplomas in various fields.