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    No University in Nigeria has Adequate Professors – Fountain University VC

    The Vice-Chancellor of Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun state, Professor Olayinka Ramota Kareem, has disclosed that Universities in Nigeria have no adequate numbers of professors required to serve in the system.

    This is as she described the Federal Government’s ban on fake foreign universities as a blessing for Nigerian institutions, especially in the area of student enrollment and improved education standards.

    Fielding questions from journalists during the 13th Fountain University convocation briefing, she said most universities in the country, including Fountain, engaged professors on sabbatical leave to work with them.

    She added that institutions that could not get professors on sabbatical engaged professors on adjuncts basis, which is also a legal means of engaging academics in the University.

    “I joined Fountain University from a giant institution, which is the University of Ilorin in Kwara state. There is no University in Nigeria that has adequate numbers of professors required, not one. This is due to the brain drain syndrome, every University employ other legal and acceptable means to engage professors to work with them.

    “Here at Fountain we engage professors on sabbatical or adjunctship in a bid to ensure that needed personnel are not in short supply.

    “Despite all these, we do not have fake professors in our University and most of the Universities mentioned that have fake professors have come out to state that those mentioned are not in their employment and even the National Universities Commission has also denounced that the list emanated from them”, she said.

    She also disclosed that Federal Government’s ban on some fake foreign universities is not a threat in anyway to Nigeria but more of a blessing in the area of student enrollment.

    “Most of the student patronising those Universities would now have to go to a proper University in the country which will culminate into higher enrollment figure, especially for private universities in the country.

    “So the decision of of the federal government is more of a blessing than a threat for the higher institutions across the country”, she added.

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