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“Over 75,000 Nigerian students in Ghana Universities spend N160b annually” – Babalakin
The Chairman, Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, Dr. Wale Babalakin has said that over 75,000 Nigerian students studying in the three Ghanian Univerties, spend over N160billion annually.
According to Babalakin, the students’ expenditure was more than what the Federal Government budgeted last year for all the public Universities in the country.
He stated this at the weekend in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, during an award night organised by the University of Ilorin Alumni Association in honour of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed and three other old students of the school.
Also honoured were the outgoing Vice Chancellor of UNILORIN, Prof Ishaq Oloyede; Vice Chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Prof Abdulrasheed Na’Allah; and the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of UTC Nigeria Ltd, Mrs. Folusho Olaniyan.
“University education is a collective effort. University education can only grow properly with government and active support of the populace. Leaving it for government alone is not fair. Everybody should contribute to ensure education that grows in Nigeria.
“Since 2009, when the power to appoint VC had been delegated to the university, it has been done relatively peaceful. Most people are surprised that there has not been any rancour in the appointment of VCs. This is the first step towards university autonomy.
“There are still so many areas that are still not autonomous. It is when we become totally autonomous that all the universities will have the necessary energy to develop at their own pace.
“The university should be allowed to generate money internally for development purposes. If we generate substantial money within the university and those monies are spent with great discretion, you will be alarmed at how far it will go and the catalytic effect of development.
“Nigeria government should put measure in place to attract foreign students to Nigerian universities. In the 70s and 80s, so many went abroad for their ‘A’ level and came back to the Nigerian universities.”
“Before the just concluded Olympic games everyone of us was happy that Nigeria was participating, but I told some of my colleagues that Nigeria would have a dismal outing. This is because we don’t have outstanding primary, secondary and tertiary institution competition.”
Other honourees at the event include the outgoing Vice Chancellor of UNILORIN, Prof Ishaq Oloyede; Vice Chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Prof Abdulrasheed Na’Allah; and the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of UTC Nigeria Ltd, Mrs. Folusho Olaniyan.