By Chinedu Adonu
ENUGU—THE Vice Chancellor of Renaissance university, Ugbawka, Enugu State, South-East Nigeria, Prof. Charles Onochie has advocated the inclusion of private universities in the country in the disbursement of fund from platforms as Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).
He argued that giving only pubic universities such fund was not proper and does not help the growth of the nation’s tertiary educational system.
Professor Onochie noted that “whereas graduates produced from both public and private universities feed the labour needs of the nation and the world at large, only the public universities get funding from the tax payers funds via channels like Tertiary Education Trust Fund.
Speaking during the maiden combined convocation ceremonies of Renaissance university weekend, the VC, said that the development had been responsible for the higher fees payable in private universities in Nigeria, appealing to relevant authorities to address the issue.
He said: “I wish to use this medium to reiterate the long-standing clamour for granting private universities a percentage of the fund from such platform like TETFUND because private universities have continued to supplement the efforts of the federal and state governments of Nigeria to provide tertiary education to the teeming Nigerian youths.”