VC urges FG to upgrade infrastructure in tertiary institutions
Jeremiah Ojediran, vice-chancellor of Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State, has urged the federal government to address the challenge of decayed infrastructure in tertiary institutions across the country.
In an interview on Sunday, Mr Ojediran stated that improved infrastructure in schools and better staff remuneration would help tackle the brain drain phenomenon and enhance the quality of the nation’s education system.
“There is the urgent need for the federal government to improve infrastructural development that will aid research and quality education,” he said.
Mr Ojediran stressed that Nigerian academicians outside the country were well paid compared to those in the country.
“Our government needs to increase annual budgetary allocation to education, improve the welfare of the academicians through enhanced remunerations to reduce the alarming rate of brain drain in the country,” he started.
The vice-chancellor noted that the private universities in the country have been helping to improve standard and quality education, but a lot still needed to be done.
Mr Ojediran maintained that any nation that failed to invest in human capital development through education would not achieve sustainable national development.
He appealed for an amicable resolution of the ongoing dispute between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
He said the current legal action could worsen the situation, eventually affecting the country’s education standard.
Mr Ojediran, however, urged the federal government to enable private universities to access TETfund as partners in progress through training of quality graduates for national development.
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