The Vice-Chancellor, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-ArakejI, Osun State, Prof Sola Fajana, has urged the Federal Government to allow private institutions enjoy Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund grants. Fajana, who addressed a team from National Universities Commission (NUC), which visited JABU for the pre-validation exercise of its proposed Distant Learning Centre, debunked the impression that private universities are profit-oriented.
He said government must realise that private and public universities are partners in the development of education in Nigeria as it obtains in developed societies. Further Fajana believes that thirst of many Nigerians to acquire education at tertiary level can only be assuaged if more universities are established to complement governments’ efforts.
He said: “Our university is already 10 years old and virtually all infrastructural developments come from proprietors, donors and IGR from school fees. All efforts by us to enjoy socially-provided services have not yet been successful; yet we have remained committed in the discharge of our corporate responsibilities as stakeholder.”