Vice-Chancellor of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, has identified poor funding as a major threat to achieving functional and competitive education in the country. He disclosed this at the Senate Chamber of the university while receiving members of Ondo State House of Assembly Committee on Vocational, Technical and Tertiary Education, who were at the institution on a familiarisation visit and inspection of facilities. Ajibefun said: “Poor funding of the nation’s education sector has caused setback to its capability to compete favourably globally.
Adequate funding is inevitable if the country must compete globally with its peers in the education sector, while universities must be up and doing in finding creative ways of sourcing funds for their operations. Apart from dependence on the government, parents, corporate organisations, and well-meaning individuals should rise up by assisting and investing in the education sector in order for it to soar higher among its contemporaries.
The Vice-Chancellor, who lauded members of the Committee for their time and energy, as well as for finding the university worthy of the visit, said the university would always strive to give its best in terms of academic excellence and production of quality graduates in all disciplines even in the face of institution’s dwindling resources.
He further explained that universities required adequate modern facilities to inject the best skills that would enable the students to acquire relevant skills in order to compete globally. The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Bankole Felemu, who led the team to the university, commended the level of infrastructural development at the ivory tower, especially the new Senate Building complex, which he described as one of Nigeria’s best.