The Vice-Chancellor of the Adeleke University, Ede, Prof. Oluwole Amusan, has criticised the Federal Government for excluding private universities from benefiting from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund.
The vice chancellor said this while speaking with some journalists in Ede, Osun State on Monday.
He said, “Managements of private universities are angry and we feel cheated for being denied what we should benefit from.
If you look at it, the bulk of the fund is being raised from the tax paid by private institutions and parents of students of the institutions.“We should be benefiting from the fund.
The exclusion of private universities from the fund is almost criminal.
It should be reviewed because the bulk of the money iscoming from private organisations.“It is morally wrong to deny private universities from accessing TETFUND.
I can speak for all private universities and I can say that this issue will be one of those we will discuss in our next meeting. I think government should have a rethink on this.
”To prepare its students for life after school, the vice chancellor said, the management of the university ensured theinculcation of the spirit of entrepreneurship in all of them.
This, he said, would make the school’s products self-reliant after graduation.
Amusan also urged private institutions to make their presence felt more by their host communities, saying the Adeleke University always gives back to its community.
He added that the university’sstudents always go out to attend to the needs of the people of the community.
Speaking on how students are disciplined in the university, Amusan stated that the institution abhorred social vices and that was why it was compulsory for all students to stay on campus.
“We are a faith-based institution. Our students are brought up morally.
They are taught in the Christian way and through that we are able to inculcate discipline in them,” he said.
“We still battle with them because sanctions have to be applied. We have zero tolerance for cultism, prostitution and the likes,’’ he said.
Apart from recently establishing the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board Computer Based Test facility, the institution has commissioned a radio/television studio for the dissemination of information and for the training of students in Mass Communication.