Don’t Expect Funding From Us, FG Tells Private Varsities
The federal government has said it will not get involved in the funding of private universities operating across the country. The FG warned operators of the private institutions not to expect any form of funding from it.
Minister of state for education, Anthony Anwukah, while playing host to a delegation of the Association of Deaf People in Nigeria in Abuja on Friday, March 16, said it was not in the place of the government to fund such private institutions.
Anwukah said the proprietors of all private universities should be able to fund their institutions while the federal government will continue to provide a healthy and enabling environment for enhanced quality education delivery in Nigeria.
Speaking at the occasion, the leader of the group, Khadijat Rashid, commended the minister for his sustained effort in ensuring quality education across Nigeria. Rashid said the visit was mainly aimed at appealing to the federal government to establish a university for the deaf after Gallaudet University, Washington.
She said the special university would cater for over 17 million deaf people in the country. ”We want the government of Nigeria to establish a deaf university in Nigeria that will help the over 17 million deaf citizens service their needs.”
“Wesley university owned by the Methodist church is not depending on federal government funds to open a campus for the deaf. The university has other funding sources. What we want from the government is approval of our programmes and students should be encouraged to come and study at the university. We, therefore, seek the efforts and support of the ministry and the government of Nigeria to meet the yearnings of the special people in our nation,”