Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), has predicted the degradation of Nigerian public universities compared to private universities in the near future.
The University VC made this known at a meeting with student journalists of the institution on Tuesday.
Report revealed that the meeting as attended by the President of Association of Campus Journalists (ACJOAU), Oludiran Olusola; Dean of the Division of Students’ Affairs (DSA), Isiaka Aransi; the institution’s spokesperson, Abiodun Olanrewaju and other principal officers of the university.
According to the VC, to prevent the looming crisis of substandard services, the OAU is looking inwards to solve her problems including insufficient accomodation for students.
“I was a student on this campus. In my first two years, we were eating with 50 kobo per day and you have everything on the dinning table.
“Nigeria cannot, for now, afford that because the government is not paying such funds like that to any university again and we must realise that.
“We have 171 universities in Nigeria now of which 79 of them are private. You see the rate at which the private universities are growing. If you go to ABUAD today, you see a new building, you go again in two months, you see another building,” the VC stated.
Prof. Ogunbodede stated that he hoped the fate that befell public primary and secondary schools in Nigeria does not befall the public universities.
“The public primary schools used to be the best until it was destroyed. The secondary school got destroyed. Now, it’s the turn of public universities. Give another ten years, Landmark, Covenant, ABUAD, Babcock University, Bowen University, will overtake the government universities,” he added.