FG Must Keep Funding State Universities – NSUK VC

Professor Mohammed Akaro Mainoma, Ag. Vice Chancellor of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK) has said the Federal Government has an obligation to keep funding state universities across the country.

This is coming after the federal government threatened to stop assisting state universities in view of the increasing costs.

"It is the responsibility of state and federal government. Strictly speaking, it is not an issue of assistance. So the federal government cannot abandon its responsibility," Professor Mohammed said, in an interview with an Abuja based newspaper.

Funding has to come from the federal government Professor Mainoma said.

"A new arrangement can be put in place however, where states shall be accorded more revenue and the federal government can hands off all universities, including the ones that are today called the federal universities."

The VC however argued that the university authorities should retain autonomy in operational matters.

"On matters of admission, examination, research, management of finances, the universities administration should not have any influence from outside.

"Doing otherwise will affect the quality of students, the sanctity of examination and ability to conduct research."

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