Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged proprietors of private universities in the country to pay attention to issues of funding warning that “university funding is very expensive.”
Osinbajo said this on Thursday at the Presidential Villa while receiving on a courtesy call a delegation from a new university led by the founder, Hon. Suleiman A. Kawu Sumaila (OFR), a former member of the House of Representatives and later Presidential Liaison at the National Assembly.
According to his spokesman, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo commended the establishment of the Al-Istiqama University in Kano, saying such an endeavour has huge potential to impact people in a significant and positive way.
Expressing excitement about the prospects of the new university, the Vice President prayed that “you make this a unique opportunity, impact the students so much that they won’t just be the beneficiaries alone, but the nation too.”
Osinbajo recalled his experience as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Redeemers University, Ede and also cited the establishment of Crescent University, Abeokuta, both of which are faith-based universities, emphasising the significance of funding to make the idea of a private university successful.
At the meeting the Vice President also urged Nigerians generally to continue to be respectful to each other adding that “we must teach tolerance,” avoiding situations where people take hard positions as such could be divisive.
“We need to respect each other, it’s so important, ” Osinbajo stressed while also admonishing that “the love of country is so important.”
Earlier the founder of the university, Hon. Sumaila, told the Vice President that he learnt a lot from him while serving as Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House).