Osinbajo, Sultan, Others Extol Nigeria’s Premier University at 70

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President Muhammadu Buhari and other dignitaries have extolled the achievements of University of Ibadan for sustaining learning and research coupled with the spread of knowledge for over seventy years.

Buhari, who was ably represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as a Visitor of the university at It’s 70th Foundation Day/2018 convocation ceremony, held at the International Conference Centre of the institution on Saturday re-affirmed the commitment of the Federal Government in initiating policies geared towards providing sufficient fund to advance tertiary education in the country.

He agreed that public education is currently underfunded but the government is committed to funding it adequately. He, however, explained that the current budget could not fund education adequately, while advocating the need for alternative funding particularly by generating fund through alumni networking.

He said “Our need to equip teachers and proper funding of education to prevent frequent disruption of educational calendar due to strike. Giving our limited resources and current gap in the educational development in our country, it has become imperative to change both the substance and the way our children are being taught.”

Speaking on the ongoing ASUU strike, the Vice president said though the union has a point, but however, stressed the need to resolve the issue amicably with the government, agreeing that there was no doubt education was being under funded. He, then, promised that government would make concerted effort to ensure that education was being properly funded.

In his remarks, the Chancellor of the University and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, added that there have been outstanding attainments in the life of the university, adding that the achievements spread over different phases of its seventy years history and covering virtually every stratum of its activities and field of research engagements.

He noted that the university, in all different areas has turned out unique minds over the years, who he said, are reckoned with not only in Nigeria but also proven and continue to prove their own mettle all over the world.

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“The University of Ibadan in its seventy years of existence, has indeed grown by all measurable parameters, to be icon in the knowledge industry both nationally and internationally, it is a fit to be regarded in Nigeria as the first and best.”

However, six distinguished Nigerians were conferred with honorary doctorate degrees, while a total of three hundred and seventy one candidates across twelve faculties bagged the Doctor of Philosophy degree. A former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd), among other Dignitaries.

He bemoaned the constant disruption of academic calender, which he said, was beyond a reasonable redemption, describing it as the bane of Nigerian academic community. “I wish to appeal to the staff unions to exercise patience with the government and management of the university in the ultimate resolve to eventually honour all outstanding agreements.”

While delivering an address at the ceremony, the host Governor, Abiola Ajimobi also stressed that government alone could not fund education, also advocating that a national committee should be set up to design models of alternative funding for public tertiary institutions in the country.

He noted that over N2 trillion per annum for university was not sufficient enough for university education, adding that government did not have enough fund to sponsor tertiary institution or to single handedly fund tertiary education in Nigeria.

He, therefore, suggested seventy year plan of adequate funding of university, saying that “let us therefore prepare for this seventy year plan to transform our institution towards ending pursuit of fund by universities.”

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