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VC says ethnicity, religion slowing down growth in universities

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Cyril Mbah, Abuja.

Newly appointed vice chancellor of the Federal University Lokoja, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi has observed that the growth level in many universities in the country has been seriously affected by the twin problems of ethnicity and religious bias.

He explained that appointments and support programmes have been influenced by which tribe one comes from or which religion one professes.

“Several universities are divided along ethnic, religious, tribal and sectional lines and this has affected development processes even in Lokoja University,” he said in an exclusive interview in Keffi.

Akinwunmi promised to effectively tackle the challenges when he resumes in Lokoja next week to ensure that the 10-point agenda prepared for the development of the university are not adversely affected.

On the programmes lined up for the university, Akinwumi promised to pursue infrastructural, human capital development, the promotion of excellence in academic pursuits improvement on the internally generated revenue (IGR) of the university.

The vice chancellor remarked that in the 21st century, universities and other tertiary institutions should diversify their operations to reduce dependence on government revenue for their programmes.

The new VC, until his appointment, was the deputy vice chancellor (DVC, Academic) at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi.

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