Tackling Infrastructural Deficit: EKSU VC Gives Kudos To FG Over Funds For Varsities

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Malam Adamu Adamu, Nigeria's Minister of Education

By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

The Vice Chancellor, Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti, Prof. Edward Olanipekun, has given kudos to the Federal government for putting up the  Needs Assessment Funds in the Nation’s Universities saying it has helped in addressing infrastructural deficit.

The Vice Chancellor said this in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday while receiving the Federal Ministry of Education’s Needs Assessment Project Monitoring Committee in his office .

Olanipekun described the fund as a product of struggles and relentless battles fought by various unions in the universities, which he said brought about NEEDS intervention.

He said: “Let me emphasize that without these struggles, Nigerian Universities would have been nothing to write home about in terms of facilities.

“I commend the efforts of the unions as they were trying to see that University challenges were being tackled headlong.

“With good Infrastructures that meet global standard, Nigerian universities ranking will go up on webometrics and our graduates will become respected and employable anywhere across the globe”, the Vice Chancellor stated.

Also speaking on the significance of the Fund, the chairman, Needs Assessment  Project Monitoring Committee, Alhaji Mohammed Aruna,  said his team was in Ekiti State to monitor how the  disbursed funds from the Federal Ministry of Education  to  institutions  were expended.

Aruna said ascertaining whether the funds were being  judiciously utilized and  projects being executed to specifications were necessary to prevent the kernel of the initiative to be defeated by corruption.

Aruna, who is also the National Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian University (SAANU), appreciated the Vice Chancellor for being dogged in the prosecution of several 
developmental  activities in EKSU.

“I am impressed with the laudable projects I am seeing. The EKSU VC has been able to convince us that the standard of education can be enhanced with minimal funding.

“With what I have heard from you, the management team has really thought outside the box to generate money internally, block leakages and Initiate programmes that would ensure good Infrastructures and better welfare package for the survival of this university”.

Aruna praised  the newly elected SAANU Executive members of EKSU, urging them to work harmoniously with the management team for stability and  high academic standard to be achieved in the institution.

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