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Why Nigerian Varsities Are Undergoing Challenges – FUOYE VC

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Malam Adamu Adamu, Nigeria's Minister of Education

By;OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti(FUOYE), Prof. Kayode Soremekun, has lamented that Nigerian university system has been greatly affected by the activities of the academic and non academic bodies.

The Varsity Don posited that the untoward development had causing the  persistent confrontations between the management and workers of the ivory towers.

Soremekun said these conflict of  interests are having adverse effect on the operations of the country’s ivory towers and diminishing their standards and ranking.

The VC also assured that federal character and relevant laws guiding employment procedure would be stringently complied with,to fill the vacant positions of Registrar and Librarian of the institution.

Soremekun,who addressed journalists in Oye Ekiti,on Saturday, said the public universities in the country can only discharge their duties effectively with robust funding from government , corporate organisations,parents and individuals.

On his perception that the conflicts between the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) and non Academic Staff  bodies were affecting the public universities negatively , Soremekun said: “The university system is overunionised. I don’t blame the unionists, because they always have genuine cases and agitations.

” But we should all come together and look for way not to distract the system. There are unions too in other countries, but the kind of biting edge we have is not there. ASUU as an idea is good, wonderful and fantastic,  but as embodied in human forms, we need to have a rethink.

“The over unionisation has proved to be dangerous to our universities. ASUU, NASU, SSANU with time will turn into a positive corner and realise that they are also stakeholders in the project called Nigerian universities”.

He said FUOYE has moved to the third phase of its developmental agenda with the constitution of a committee to establish a College  of Medicine as well as Basic Medical Science and Energy Studies departments  in the university.

Soremekun said this would be a follow up to the establishment of the Faculty of Pharmacy to buoy the academic standard and rating  of the institution among its peers.

On the vacant positions of Librarian and Registrar that is heating up the university, the VC said: “The Governing Council has advertised and  processes to get the best are on. But this is a federal university and  for these positions to be filled, we must reflect the federal character . The  positions will be filled within the reality  of federal character” .

The VC added that presently,  the university has over  80 projects spread across its two campuses  operating in Oye and Ikole Ekiti campuses.

“We have opened the development to phase three. The new faculty of Pharmacy is working. We will soon begin the College of Medicine and we have got a committee that is already working on that”.

He appealed to the stakeholders not to see the funding of universities from the narrow prism of sole responsibility of government, saying parents, individuals and corporate bodies all have critical roles to play.

“In funding, government  in view of its numerous responsibilities cannot fund education  alone, it has to be a cooperative venture among all stakeholders. Government pays salaries, TETfund put resources, other stakeholders like  parents, corporate organisations and local government  authorities should come forth, because of the relative low fees public universitities charge”.

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