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DON CALLS FOR INCREMENT IN TERTIARY EDUCATION FUND

A Mathematics Don who has identified poor funding of tertiary education in Nigeria as a major constraint to its survival and development called for a sufficient increase in funds for running the Education sector.

Professor M. Kolawole Akinsola, Dean Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan made this notion at the opening ceremony of the First National Conference of the Centre For Advancement, Linkages And Alumni Relations (CEFALAR), Federal College of Education Abeokuta on the topic entitled “Enhancing The Promotion And Advancement of Tertiary Education In Nigeria: The Role of Stakeholders”.

The educationist, who is an alumnus of Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, while speaking at the conference, made it known that good inputs by stakeholders’ was required to engender all-round development of tertiary education in Nigeria, bearing in mind that the sector is cost consuming and capital intensive. According to him “the inputs matter if the outputs will be better’”.

While laying emphasis on the crucial roles of Alumni as external stakeholder, the Don who had served as visiting lecturer at the University of Botswana for four years, appealed to members of Federal College of Education, Abeokuta Alumni association present at the conference to collectively contribute to the advancement of F.C.E Abeokuta by raising funds and reaching out to other alumni who are less bothered. He stated “wherever we find ourselves we need to be ready to help, the approach by which we reach out to alumni have been poor”.

He further urged Federal Government to key into UNESCO’s 26% budget allocation for education, making reference to Ghana which allocates more than the recommended percentage for the education.

The Provost, Dr A. A Ajayi, ably represented by the Deputy Provost expressed happiness on the reality of the First National Conference of the Centre, celebrated the former Provost and founder Centre for Advancement (CEFAD) now Centre for Advancement, Linkages And Alumni Relations (CEFALAR), Dr kunle Filani, who was also the Chairman of occasion. He thereafter appreciated the Convener and the incumbent Director of the centre, Dr S.A Fajenyo for lifting the Centre to a greater height.

The Deputy Provost, Dr R. A Soyele, further submitted that stake holding roles, if properly played would go a long way in advancing the coast of tertiary education in Nigeria. He expressed optimism that the conference would solve lingering problems in the Education Sector.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Chairman, Dr Kunle Filani, who expressed joy with the number of alumni present at the convention described it as a comeback home for all alumni. He further noted that the conference would be an eye opener for all stakeholders with the calibre of scholars invited to speak at the event.

In his own address, the Director CEFALAR, Dr S.A Fajenyo, declared that the conference was to show case the Centre to the public. He promised that the papers so presented at the conference would be assessed and published accordingly.

Also, present at the conference were, the lead paper presenter I, Professor S. Adebisi Onasanya, who is the Head of Department, Educational Technology, University of Ilorin; lead paper presenter II, Comrade Femi Keshinro of the Department of Technical Education, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education and former member F.C.E, Abeokuta, Governing Council.

The College Registrar, Mr R.A Akinola, Deans, Directors, representatives of COEASU, SSUCOEN, NASU, representative of Federal College of Education, Zaria, the National President F.C.E Abeokuta Alumni association, Mr Temitope Balogun, CEFALAR Board Members and Scholars from all walks of life were also in attendance at the opening ceremony of the CEFALAR Conference.