Prof. Alewo Johnson-Akubo, the Vice-Chancellor of Salem University in Lokoja, has asked the Federal Government to let private universities use money from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to help the country’s education improve.
In an interview with journalists in his office in Lokoja, the Vice-Chancellor called the call “extremely pertinent” and “essential” to turning around the nation’s education system.
“There is a reason why private universities can’t get TETFUND money,” said Johnson-Akubo.
“There’s no question that TETFUND funding should be seen as a contribution from the commonwealth, since we’re all making graduates who will serve the country.
“I believe it is time to end such discrimination. This is due to the fact that nobody will advise you not to work in a specific office because you attended a private university.
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“Therefore, I urge the government to ensure that private institutions receive the same number of TETFUND grants as public universities, as we are all working toward the same goal.”
“In actuality, if you ask me which colleges should profit from the TEFUND in terms of ranking, I will say private universities.”
This is due to the fact that subsidizing private institutions is analogous to extracting water from Flint rocks. “It’s an honor to be in charge of a private university, and I know how money works,” he said.
The VC said that public universities had budgets, TETFUND, other grants, and subsidies, while private universities had nothing and were not allowed to use TETFUND.
He sees no reason why private universities should not be included in the overall plan of the TETFUND.
He said, “My clear call to the government is to make sure that TETFUND is used right away to help private colleges, which are one of the best hopes for higher education in the country.”
Salem University, according to the VC, is “the one institution where you send your wards or children, and in four years, we return them to you as fully developed, strike-free products.”
Concerning the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the vice chancellor asked both the government and the union leaders to think about how they could shift their positions and find a middle ground, a little to the left and a little to the right, with the focus on the center. He said this was in the best interest of parents and students still in school.