WRITTEN BY NNEKA ANOLIEFO
The Vice chancellor, Paul University, Awka, Venerable Professor Uche Isiugo- Abanife, has appealed to state and federal Governments to enlarge the
coverage of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) to include private Universities.
He made the appeal in his office in Awka,while briefing the press on the activities to mark the forth-coming convocation ceremony of the University.
Professor Isiugo-Abanife who explained that private Universities partner with the Government in providing employment and education to a large population in their catchment areas, regretted that private Universities have been denied government support such as one given by TETFUND for structures and research.
He hinted that in the current situation where only twenty-five percent of applicants get admitted into the Nigerian University system, it makes good sense for government to support private Universities which in turn will serve to reduce their tuition and further increase enrolment.
Professor Isiugo-Abanife noted that there are about one hundred and fifty-five Universities in the country at present, and all according to him, have the capacity to carry about six hundred thousand students in the country hence, he called for government to accord some support to private Universities as partners in progress in the Education sector.