The Vice Chancellor of Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa, Esan West Local Government Region in Edo State, Professor Adewumi Idowu has defended the awarding of first class degrees to its graduates.
20 of the 208 graduates who are expected to receive different classes of diplomas at the combined graduation ceremony for the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic sessions will receive a first class honorary diploma on Saturday.
Professor Idowu revealed that while six graduates obtained first class diplomas for the diploma in the 2019/2021 academic session, 14 obtained the first class in the 2020/2021 session.
He called for the inclusion of private universities, which currently number 117 in the country, in the Tertiary Education Fund (TETFUND), recalling that they are committed to the training of Nigerians in the same way as public universities.
Against the backdrop of the declining rate of the national currency, the Naira, he pleaded with the federal government to put in place a special exchange rate so that Nigerian universities could import equipment that was entirely manufactured abroad.
He pleaded: “Private universities are engaged in training Nigerians just like public universities. There is no discrimination in training. The government should extend TETFUND to private universities as we are engaged in training Nigerians just like public universities. The government should also set up a special exchange rate for Nigerian universities so that they can import equipment from abroad.
The Vice Chancellor said the school is in close contact with his alumni association, adding that graduates are doing very well in both the public and private sectors of the Nigerian economy.
He confessed that the state of nationwide insecurity that resulted in the kidnapping of students and law-abiding citizens by bandits has been a major challenge.
Professor Idowu of the Federal Agricultural University of Abeokuta (FUNAAB) in Ogun State said three deserving Nigerians, Pastor Gabriel Uyeh, overseer Emmanuel Baiyekusi and Pastor Lawrence Ogbonna will receive doctorates honorary for their enormous contributions to the church and to the world.
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