An Islamic institution, the Fountain University, Osogbo has appealed to the Federal Government to review its stand on making Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TET-Fund) provision available to private universities in Nigeria.
Addressing a press conference on the 10th anniversary of the founding of the institution in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Amidu Olalekan Sanni, said it should be realized that graduates produced by private universities along with their counterparts from public universities serve this same job market.
According to him, what should be paramount for the government is finding every available opportunity to raise the standard of education.
Sanni it was obvious that more is required to train graduates to serve as human resources in all sectors of the economy, therefore, advising the federal government to have a re-think on its earlier stand that TET-Fund is only to serve the public tertiary institutions.
He further advised that the federal government could support infrastructural development in the private institutions to ensure there is a conducive environment for learning which he said in the long run would produce a multiplier effects in the national economy.
The Don said: “In as much as their is no one asking for whether graduates are products of private or public universities before they are employed the government has no excuse to support the public in situation to achieve their mandate. What should interest the government is the quality of graduate and part of necessary steps to raise education standard in the country today is to shun discriminatory policies because in the over all it would not do this great nation no good.
Speaking on the future projection of the 10-year old university, Sanni said the new management has adopted a strategic plan to advance the fortune of the institution.
He said many courses would soon be introduced to make the university more attractive to admission seekers, adding that curriculum of the university is now repackaged in a way to add more value to its students.
He said the management had reached out to the Islamic and Quaric schools to have a uniform study curriculum so that they could benefit from advanced studies in Arabic course to be soon introduced by the university.
The vice chancellor also said the university is about to collaborate with many universities in Asia, Europe and United States of America, espically a university in North Carolina, America to build capacity of its staff.