Vice Chancellor of Fountain Osogbo University, Osun State, Professor Amidu Sanni has revealed that the bitter policy was responsible for the inability of private universities to access educational grants from the federal government.

He also revealed that the university will award honorary doctorates to the Chief of the Air Staff, CAS, Oladayo Amao, to the Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum at its 12th convocation ceremony.

Addressing reporters at the University Senate building in Osogbo on Monday before the convocation ceremony, Professor Amidu said that private universities, in addition to not generating profit, also contribute to national development by building human capacity.

There is a lot of bitter politics in Nigeria and it is unfortunate that the government, when establishing Tetfund, restricted it to only public universities, so private institutions cannot benefit from federal government funds while all these students go to NYSC. I urge the country’s legislators to also use the legislative framework and extend it to private institutions. We operate in Nigeria, empower Nigerians and improve nation building.

While he highlighted the various degrees to be awarded, he added that prominent Nigerians including Chief of the Air Staff, CAS, Oladayo Amao, Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum, among others, will be awarded PhD (Honoris causa) degrees.

“For the 2021/2022 day, a total of 240 first-degree graduates will be awarded in various disciplines and 19 at the Postgraduate level, precisely Master’s. The breakdown is as follows: 17 in First Class, 88 in Upper Second Class, 107 S Lower Second Class and 28 in Third Class.

“Four notable Nigerians will receive honorary degrees. These are Alhaji Sulaimon Alao, a Community Leader in Osogbo who will be awarded a PhD in Sociology (Honoris Causa); Air Marshall Isiaka Oladayo Amao, Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration; Vice Admiral Jubrila Ayinla, Doctor Honoris Causa in Sciences; Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, Governor of Borno State with a PhD in Public Administration,” she added.

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