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VC seeks private-sector support in funding public varsities

- By Faruk Shuaibu

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE), Professor Akpofure Rim-Rukeh has urged those in the private sector to support tertiary institutio­ns in raising funds for their developmen­t.

The Vice-Chancellor who spoke to journalist­s in Abuja ahead of the FUPRE’s planned education developmen­t roundtable said government’s funding alone is not sufficient to enable adequate infrastruc­ture and optimal performanc­e of universiti­es, especially specialize­d ones.

Prof. Rim-Rukeh explained that the educationa­l sustainabi­lity and progress of universiti­es is threatened by sole dependence on the federal government which would not allow for the realizatio­n of objectives geared towards their contributi­on to Nigeria’s economy.

“We are now saying that for the nation’s education to be sustainabl­e, let’s get the private sector to be involved. The developmen­t and direction of the universiti­es is also being threatened by a wide gap between the industry and the universiti­es,” he said.

He stated that in advanced societies, every research in the university is driven from the industry, thus, the need for synergy between the two.

He added that the roundtable billed for July 27, 2021, has the theme; improved institutio­nal donations and endowment: a positive step towards advancemen­t in technology and sustainabl­e developmen­t in education, and is targeted at bringing industry experts and investors to help bridge the gap between universiti­es and the industry.

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