Ekiti State University, EKSU, will soon begin a two-year programme that will lead to the conversion of Higher National Diploma certificate to degree status.
The institution has designed a programme to boost its academic standard and to increase the revenue base of the institution.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Oye Bandele, who stated these in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, said that the university would convoke a summit on Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, with the intention to make every faculty a viable revenue generating source to make up for the dwindling funds accruing to the institution.
Condemning the poor attitude of the students to the payment of school fees, Bandele, who resumes office December 1, following the expiration of his predecessor’s tenure, Prof. Oladipo Aina, said the nonchalant attitude to the payment of school fees could frustrate his efforts in the provision of infrastructures and welfare packages in the institution.
He said the university is compiling the data of students owing the university and that appropriate steps would be taken from December 20 against those that are indebted to the university.
The Professor of Educational Evaluation added that the management has started the construction of hostels on campus to provide accommodation, so that all the students could be resident on campus, saying 10,000 students are being targeted under this policy.
Prof. Bandele, added that the university would also build principal officers’ quarters on campus, where himself, his deputies, registrar and other management staff would reside for proper monitoring of the students, while affordable housing units will be provided for other staff.
The former VC of the scrapped University of Science and Technology, Ifaki Ekiti and the Ekiti State University of Education, said the university is setting machinery in motion for the
exploration of business ventures like bakery, block industry, sachet water business, farming etc , to shore up the Internally Generated Revenue of the institution in view of the dwindling allocation to the state.
The VC promised to build on the legacy left behind by his predecessor, Prof. Oladipo Aina, in infrastructural development through public – private partnership initiative and by fully tapping into the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, a federal government special intervention.
“When I was in USTI, I signed Memorandum of Understanding with Kywuyang University in South Korea for the training of about 30 students from 300 level particularly in degrees that requires the use of modern laboratories.
“We’re also collaborating with the university for the construction of a Central Laboratory where people can carry out research. This is of no cost to the university. The dream could have been realised when I was in USTI , but was aborted because the last administration merged the institution with EKSU.
“But now that I have come on board, I am going revalid ate all these MoUsto build EKSU to a globally competitive university. My mission and vision for EKSU is to make it one of the best not only in Nigeria butin the world. I want to increase our ranking on Webometric and NUC ratings” he noted.

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