- Former vice president Namadi Sambo, has called for the support of private universities in Nigeria
- Sambo emphasised that the support would enhance tertiary education in the country
- The ex-VP also noted that the universities need financial assistance for research and development
Following the dwindling standard of tertiary education in Nigeria, the immediate past former vice president, Mohammed Namadi Sambo, has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to provide funding support to private universities in the country.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Kaduna, Nasir Dambatta, reports that Sambo said such a move would boost university education and fast-track a knowledge-based society.
Sambo stressed that such action is urgently required to end interruptions in academic activities and exponential rise in travel for education abroad.
He made the appeal while speaking at the fourth quarterly delegates meeting of the Conference of Alumni Association of Nigerian Universities (CAANU) held over in Kaduna.
He stressed that the private universities deserve some support in the area of access to financing for research and development at a single-digit interest rate, through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), especially in the area of medicine, science and information technology.
The former vice president, who is the current chancellor and chairman of the council of Baze University, Abuja, urged the federal government to review the act that established TETFUND to create a revolving fund and project interventions for private universities in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a mild drama ensued on Thursday, November 26, in Cross Rivers state when the authority of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) directed all non-teaching staff of the institution to resume work on Friday, November 27, with cutlasses, hoes, brooms, and buckets to clear overgrown grass and sweep offices.
It was reported that Gabriel Egbe, the registrar of the university, in a letter signed by Citizen InEkpo with reference number UC/Reg/CIR/68, said participation in the sanitation exercise was mandatory for all the staff.
In another report, the controversy generated by the ongoing strike between the federal government and the leadership of the ASUU took a new twist.
Some branches of ASUU were divided over whether to accept the federal government’s offer and call off their eight-month-old strike.
The report said while some branches insisted that the government must meet all the demands before the strike is called off, the union may put the decision to a vote.
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