JABU VC Laments Low Enrolment, Seeks Upward Review Of Public Varsities Fees

By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo

The Vice Chancellor of Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeki, Prof. Sola Fajana on Monday, 30th November, 2015 asked the Federal Government to implement policy that would help “narrow the fees between public and private universities.”

Fajana who said this during a press conference to herald the 6th Convocation of JABU lamented low enrolment in the University established by Christ Apostolic Church worldwide ten years ago.

He said the university has capacity for 5,000 students but disclosed that it hardly admits 3,000 students.

The VC then said there should be a policy at the national level that would bring about an upward review of the fees payable by students in Private universities in order to aid enough admission into private universities.

Falana said: “we are faced with the challenge of not having enough enrolment. We have capacity for 5,000 students but we hardly have 3,000 students.

“We need policy at the national level to help narrow the fees between public and private universities. How many nigerians would want to opt for where fees are paid high? So, if public universities can pay like N150,000 while the private ones pay N400,000, parents would have the opportunity to consider opting for private university,” he added.

Fajana said 21 out of the 816 graduating students made it to First Class Division, 242 made it to Second Class Upper Division, 426 bagged Second Class Lower Division while 93 made it to Third Class.

He noted that the graduands comprise of 782 first degrees and 34 higher degrees.

The VC stated that all graduates of JABU are already trained in entrepreneural skills and would not be faced with unemployment.

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