By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
The Vice Chancellor, Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti, Prof. Edward Olanipekun, has commended the Federal government for initiating the NEEDs Assessment Funds in universities, saying it has helped in battling infrastructural deficit in the country’s Ivory towers.
The Vice Chancellor said this in Ado Ekiti at the weekend while receiving the Federal Ministry of Education’s Needs Assessment Project Monitoring Committee in his office .
Olanipekun described the fund as a product of struggles and relentless battles fought by various unions in the universities, which he said brought about NEEDS intervention.
Also speaking on the significance of the Fund, the chairman, Needs Assessment Project Monitoring Committee, Alhaji Mohammed Aruna, said his team was in Ekiti State to monitor how the disbursed funds from the Federal Ministry of Education to institutions were expended.
Aruna said ascertaining whether the funds were being judiciously utilized and projects being executed to specifications were necessary to prevent the kernel of the initiative to be defeated by corruption.
Aruna, who is also the National Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian University (SAANU), appreciated the Vice Chancellor for being dogged in the prosecution of several developmental activities in EKSU.
“I am impressed with the laudable projects I am seeing. The EKSU VC has been able to convince us that the standard of education can be enhanced with minimal funding.
“With what I have heard from you, the management team has really thought outside the box to generate money internally, block leakages and initiate programmes that would ensure good Infrastructures and better welfare package for the survival of this university”.
Aruna praised the newly elected SAANU Executive members of EKSU, urging them to work harmoniously with the management team for stability and high academic standard to be achieved in the institution.