Obaseki tasks Edo varsity on revenue, master plan

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki (second right); Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Osarodion Ogie (right); Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Wole Iyamu; Chief of Staff, Taiwo Akerele; and Managing Director, Edo City Transport Service, Mrs. Edugie Agbonlahor during the inspection of Edo Line in Benin… yesterday.

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki yesterday charged management of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma to look inwards in its revenue generation concern and check its master plan to determine its present status, as well as the strides it ought to have made.

He stated this when the management of the institution led by its Vice Chancellor, Professor Ignatius Onimawo paid him a courtesy visit at government house, Benin City.

Obaseki said the university has all it takes to be a world-class tertiary institution, adding that in terms of infrastructure and quality learning, it had already set the standard for the Edo University, Iyamho.

While admitting that the institution was a source of pride to Edo because of its past glory, the governor said it had to be upgraded to international standards and that the management had to improve its finances to achieve the development plans.

“The priorities are different now. We do not have the kind of money and resources we need, so we need to review and focus on the key things that are important; this will enable us save resources for more important things,” he added.

He charged the university to be more innovative, especially with its student population of 28,000 and advised that since it offered high quality service, it should also be able to generate enough funds and revenue to sustain its operations.

Responding, Onimawo said although the school was rated highly in the use of technology, it still needed about N2 billion to secure accreditation of 32 courses from the National Universities Commission (NUC).

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