Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun has appointed Malam Yusuf Alli (SAN) as the new Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the state university, UNIOSUN.
The governor announced the appointment during the inauguration of Board Members of the Governing Council of the University on Monday in Osogbo.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other members of the council are Prof. Solomon Akinboye, Dr (Mrs) Abeke Omotosho, Prof. Kasali Adegoke, Sir Benjamin Aladekomo, Mr Tunde Ponle and Prof. Charles Abiodun Alao.
Aregbesola said no university could be greater than its council, adding that a university would either rise to the level of its council or shrink to its size.
The governor said this informed the careful selection of the chairman and members of the governing council of the institution.
Aregbesola charged the newly inaugurated Council to come up with ideas on raising funds for the institution without passing the burden on the students.
He said that the time has come for universities to break from the past, noting that the situation at hand calls for innovation where things cannot be done in the old ways.
“Our country in the past has been awash with oil money, the universities have developed the lazy practice of living on proprietor’s subvention; while the mean ones put a heavy burden of tuition on the students.
“However, increasing tuition has only increased the social gap in the society, keeping the children of the poor out of the universities, with dire consequences.
“There should be new thinking and new approaches to raising funds for the universities.
“Harvard University in the United States has the largest endowment of $34.6 billion, according to the 2014 figures.
“This was followed by Yale University with $25.6 billion. Number 10 on the list is University of Michigan with $10 billion.
“In contrast, no university in Nigeria has $1 billion endowment.
“How do we expect our graduates to compete with their graduates,” the governor asked.
Responding, Alli said the enormity of work ahead of the council would not be underestimated given the situation of the university in the last four years.
According to him, it is obvious today that government alone cannot fund education and therefore individuals and other stakeholders must rally to help take education to an enviable height.
Alli who noted that the assignment given to the Council requires sacrifice, said the antecedents and track records of members of the council put them in good stead for the uphill task.
However, he promised, as chairman of the council, to render selfless services without drawing any entitlement that may go with the office.
“This assignment calls for sacrifices and I assure you all, that given my knowledge of the members of this council, we are up to the task.
“Let me assure Mr Governor and his team that we shall do our best to meet the expectations of His Excellency and that of the government and good people of the state,” Alli said.
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