Abia governor makes case for specialised universities
VICE Chancellor, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU), Prof Francis Otunta and Abia State governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu have lamented the short fall in the university’s personnel subvention saying this would affect the running of the institution.
They spoke recently at the eight convocation ceremony and silver jubilee anniversary of the state.
According to Otunta, the institution’s subvention has been reduced from N425m it required to effectively run the university to N325m.
He alerted that if the shortfall continues, the university may not be able to pay workers their full emoluments.
In the same vein, Governor Ikpeazu called on the Federal government to improve its funding of Universities of Agriculture in the country so as to attract youths to such institutions and variably, agric sector.
He also urged the government to allow specialized universities run as conventional ones. In the alternative, the governor advocated the establishment of a federal university in the state so as not to deprive its citizens the opportunity of studying in regular institutions.
Pro-chancellor and Chairman of Council, Muhammad Lawal Zayyana called for increased funding of the institution and specifically renewed the age-long agitation for MOUAU to be given its takeoff grant, saying “it is on record that this university is the only University of Agriculture in Nigeria that did not at inception and till date receive any takeoff grant”.