Fashola proposes University Consultancy Services, Data Provision, Poll Results, Value Data, Printing Press for Tertiary Institutions as Alternative Sources of Funding
The Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN said, “University Consultancy Services, Data Provision, Poll Results, Value Data, Printing Press are value proposals for Tertiary Institutions"
The Minister made the above remarks as a panellist at an event organised by Nigeria’s House of Representatives on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, held at a National Summit in Abuja on tertiary education with a view to providing solutions to challenges facing the sector with a theme ‘Re-imagining Tertiary Education in Nigeria: Issues, Challenges and Solutions.’
Fashola also said " employees of government owned institutions who want to be autonomous is a big issue "
He said Tertiary Education is on the concurrent list, meaning that States and Federal Governments can fund education in the country.
Director General, Budget Office of the Federation, Mr. Benjamin Akabueze while making his remarks said, ‘'There has to be a sustainable funding of tertiary education .We cant continue with the current system because it is not working and not sustainable."
Professor (Mrs.) Uduak Ekpo, Department of Education Administration & Planning, University of Calabar remarked at the event, “Budget and allocation for tertiary education should go up instead of going down. Nigeria's education budget remains among the poorest in Africa." She said if lecturers run away from their core mandate of academic’s excellence through research and teaching and go into business, funding of university, education will suffer.
Director Centre for Gender and Women Studies University of Jos, Professor Irene Agunloye in her remarks said, “ Education is a commodity and if you do not build the capacity of people in academics there will not be headway.“ She advised that some institutions should be made research universities in order to generate more fund .
Chairman / Chief Executive Officer Channels Media Group, Dr.John Momoh said "There is need for the Academic Staff Union of Universities and Federal Government to come to agreement till both sides are happy with the negotiation." Momoh also said that universities should look for a way of generating fund from alumni and to also look for a way of outsourcing of assets of universities in order to improve funding.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) led by its current President, Emmanuel Osodeke said “ The level of poverty in Nigeria would not allow Nigerian students to pay increased tutition fees.
PICTURES: FASHOLA, EL-YAKUB RECEIVE EMIR OF SULEJA AND HIS EMIRATE COUNCIL MEMBERS ON COURTESY VISIT IN ABUJA
Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN (right) and Emir of Suleja, Alhaji Mohammed Awwal Ibrahim (left) shortly after the courtesy and appreciation visit to discuss developmental issues in the Hon. Minister's Office at the Ministry of Works and Housing Headquarters, Mabushi, Abuja on Tuesday, 8th November 2022.
JOINT COMMISSIONING OF THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED TWO-LANE BORDER BRIDGE OVER THE CROSS RIVER AT THE NIGERIA-CAMEROON BORDER AT MFUM/EKOK ON THURSDAY, 3RD NOVEMBER 2022
A view of the newly constructed two-lane Border Bridge over the Cross River at the Nigeria-Cameroon Border at Mfum/Ekok after its commissioning by the Federal Government. INSET: Representative of President Muhammadu Buhari and Hon. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, H.E Ambassador, Zubairu Dada (2nd right), Representative of President of the Republic of Cameroon, Paul Biya and Minister of Public Works, Mr Emmanuel Nganou Njoumessi (left), Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN, CON (right) and others during the Joint Commissioning of the newly constructed two-lane Border Bridge over the Cross River at the Nigeria-Cameroon Border at Mfum/Ekok on Thursday, 3rd November 2022