Scholarship Aid Initiative, an International Education Foundation, has condemned the Nigerian University Commission’s (NUC) policy on the establishment of universities in Nigeria.
The foundation stated that the policy had contributed largely to the strenuous and expensive educational system existing in the country.
Dr. Adebayo Oluwatosin, African Regional President of the initiative, made this known at a stakeholders’ forum and award presentation which was held in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
While addressing the attendees at the forum, Adebayo called for a review of the policy and urged stakeholders to go back to the basics. He described the Commission’s policy as worrisome.
The regional president stated that a situation where the government woulf request 100 hectares of land, N200 million in bank draft, N1million application fee, N5million processing fee, aside other fees, as prerequisite for the establishment of a university should be stopped.
He also urged the FG to make the establishment of a university easy, adding that in developed countries, a building could be used to start an institution.
Adebayo recommended that the government should start financing private universities to make the tuition fees affordable for Nigerian students in such institutions and also begged the FG to provide stable electricity so as to lure investors into the country which can possibly enhance employment.