The Vice-Chancellor of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, has identified poor funding as a major threat to achieving a functional education in Nigeria.
The don said the challenge in the education sector had prevented Nigerian students from competing with their peers across the world.
Ajibefun stated this while playing host to the Ondo State House of Assembly’s Committee on Vocational, Technical and Tertiary Education, who visited the campus on a familiarisation tour.
He said, “Poor funding of Nigeria’s educational sector causes setbacks for its inherent ability to compete globally. Adequate funding is inevitable if Nigeria must compete globally with her peers in the education sector, while universities must be up and doing in finding creative ways of sourcing funds.
“Besides dependence on governments, parents, corporate organisations, and wealthy individuals must aid the education sector for it to soar with peers.”
The VC said the university would continue to always give its best, producing the best in the various fields even in the face of dwindling economy and meagre resources.
He noted that universities in the country needed good facilities to inject the best skills that would enable students to have relevant skills and compete globally.
The Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Bankole Felemu, who led the team to the university, commended the level of infrastructural development in AAUA, especially the Senate Building, which he described as one of Nigeria’s best.