The Chief Executive Officer, Ecobank Pan African Centre, Dele Alabi, has lamented over the rate at which people are moving to private universities saying that the standard of education has fallen in public universities.
Alabi who is the chairman of the 16th Award & Recognition of the Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, on Tuesday, advised the government at the federal and state levels to come together and lift the standard of education back to its usual position.
He noted that students usually agitate to go to public universities in the 70s to 80s when “attending a public university in Nigeria was a great thing to do.”
He said, “but now, the standard has fallen significantly. A lot of people have had to move away from public universities to private universities. It should not be like that, it ought not to be like that.
“The federal government of Nigeria, both at the national and sub-national level have to come together to ensure that we lift our education higher,” he added.
He maintained that education is not cheap, saying “there has to be some cost to education and all the relevant stakeholders must come together to lift our education higher.”
The vice chancellor of Redeemer’s University, Prof Anthony Akinlo, explained that the award and recognition day is an avenue to recognize and appreciate members of staff and those considered to have distinctly performed their responsibilities.
The university announced a scholarship covering the full course of tuition for 19 students of 2021-2022 with the highest CGPA while 28 ‘silver scholars’ got a scholarship of 50 per cent of their tuition.
Also, 23 students in various departments under the ‘bronze scholars’ were given 50 per cent of the cost of tuition for the 2021/2022 session.