Written by Godfrey AKON

12 varsities got N3.6 billion for equipment

The National Universities Commission, NUC, has disclosed that a minimum of N300 million was disbursed to each of the 12 new federal universities established between 2012 and 2013 for the procurement of equipment to aid teaching and learning.

Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie, who made the disclosure in Abuja at a 2-day Workshop on Equipment procurement processes for Nigerian Universities, also said the University System will soon embark on procurement of equipment across universities in the country.

Okojie said in a bid to avoid problems previously encountered after the procurement process has been completed, the commission would provide guidance on the planning of the physical structures for laboratory and workshop.

He noted that the future of university education in Nigeria may depend on Private Universities, adding that the 61 private universities in Nigeria have formed integral part of the Nigeria university system.

"Among 141 universities in Nigeria, 61 of them are present in this workshop willing to know more about the procurement process of equipments for their universities; you will be amazed to know that among the 6, majority of them are privately owned universities.

"There is need to ensure due diligence in selection of equipment and quality of materials our universities will be procuring more so it will help us on maintenance culture.

"The 12 new public universities in Nigeria currently have minimum of N300 million each to procure due resourceful equipment.

"Capacity building is the only way to develop the system as the choice of equipment depends on knowledge of individual, which is the main reason why the workshop was organised,” the NUC boss noted. 

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