Abia gover­nor makes case for spe­cialised uni­ver­si­ties

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - EDUCATION - From Gordi Udea­jah – Umuahia

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”.

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