The Vice-Chancellor, Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun State, Prof. Ademola Raji, in this interview with SEGUN OLUGBILE, argues that it is wrong for the Federal Government to continue to subsidise the education of foreign students in the nation’s public universities.
Only three universities could boast that over 60 per cent of their faculty members have PhD as required by the National Universities Commission. Your university is not in the number, how is your institution coping with inadequate lecturers?
Before I answer this question, let me make some clarifications. One, the revelation is one of the missing gaps observable in the report of the NEEDs Assessment study carried out in the public universities by the Federal Government. Two, dearth of lecturers is not peculiar to one university, it is a national challenge. However, let me state here that in Fountain University, we are developing in phases and, currently, we have students in two colleges spread across 11 programmes and all our programmes are accredited by the NUC. So, if our faculty members had not met the expectations of the NUC, our programmes would not have been accredited. However, what we do here is that we give scholarships to our lecturers who are yet to obtain the PhD to go for it.
We also encourage our colleagues from other universities to come here for their sabbatical leave. We do this to complement efforts the senior lecturers and professors we have on ground. What we also do is that we have enhanced welfare package for our lecturers and workers. This is done to retain them. When we started, we were paying 10 per cent higher than what the Federal Government was paying lecturers in its universities.
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