The Vice-Chancellor, Augustine University, Ilara-Epe, Prof. Christopher Odetunde, has said Nigerian students lack the conducive atmosphere to thrive in their academics.
He stated this while outlining the activities lined up for the third convocation ceremony of the university.
He revealed that Nigerian universities were not ranking high globally because of some peculiar factors militating against their growth in the country.
“When Nigerians go abroad they excel, even with what was used to train them here. We don’t lack the talents here, but the conducive atmosphere is not there,” he said.
He appealed to the Federal Government to extend the bursary and teaching allowances to the student in private universities.
He also called for the extension of the intervention activities of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to private schools.
“Both public and private institutions are producing graduates for our country and even the world at large. Also, all of us contribute to the purse from which the funds to execute these things are drawn.
“TETFund should support everybody. The recent gestures by the government regarding teaching allowance and bursary for education students should also not be limited to public schools. We are all Nigerians and deserve to be adequately taken care of.”
“As part of the ceremony, a Nigerian in the Diaspora, Edward Okpa, will deliver the convocation lecture,” he said.