By Saheed Ibrahim
The Vice-Chancellor of Trinity University, Lagos, Prof. Charles Ayo, has tasked Nigeria’s president-elect, Aiswaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to grant full autonomy to public universities in the country.
Ayo also commended Tinubu for his plan to grant loans to students, describing it as unprecedented in the history of Nigeria.
Recall that Tinubu, in his campaign for the February 25 presidential election, had promised to grant autonomy to universities as loans to students to boost education development in the country.
He said such moves would end the incessant strike by the Academic Staff of Nigerian Universities and allow students to complete their studies as appropriate without any delay.
According to him, no nation will be able to develop without a robust educational system to back up its national development.
Reacting to the victory of the former Lagos State Governor, the VC advised him to develop a robust education system to end incessant strikes in tertiary institutions.
The former Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Ota, said that granting autonomy to universities would be a good step because the money you paid at the University of Ibadan would not be the same as the one paid at the University of Lagos.
He added that each university would be purely responsible for the management of their resources as well as remunerations are concerned, thereby ending the incessant strike by lecturers.
“Why on earth then will the University go on strike for resources,” adding that they will get enough money to grow at their own pace, he said.
The vice-chancellor said that students whose parents could not afford private universities would be able to do so with the introduction of the proposed education loan by the incoming government.
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