When it comes to reputation, status or class, you can hardly count Nigerian universities without first mentioning institutions like the University of Lagos, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and even University of Ibadan for that matter.
But do you know that none of these famed citadels of higher learning made a recent list of best performing tertiary institutions in the country.
They thus missed a whopping sum of N375m awarded by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Examination (JAMB) in respect of the rankings.
It was on December 17, gave N75million award to each of the five best performing tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
The categories included the University of Ilorin as Most Subscribed Institution by Candidates and the while Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, for Most National Institution in Admission of Candidates.
On the other hand, the Federal University, Wukari, Taraba, won the Most Improved Institution in Gender Balance, while the Ogun State Institute of Technology, Igbese, won the Most Compliant Institution in keeping to guidelines of admissions.
This was at the second edition of the National Tertiary Admissions Performance Merit Award for 2019.
On hand for the recognition was Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, who also lauded JAMB’s efforts at ensuring excellence in tertiary institutions.
Mr Adamu said the Federal Government would continue to play a critical role in teaching, learning and research, adding that the exercise was one of government’s reward systems and intervention in tertiary institutions.
“In the first edition of the awards in 2019, JAMB supported tertiary institutions with N125 million and this year. The board is supporting the sector with N375 million.
“This is no doubt an excellent gesture worthy of emulation. I am aware that the board’s support for the education sector cuts across the basic, secondary and tertiary education levels, and it is a good Corporate Social Responsibility agenda.
“I’m equally aware that many other agencies, the organised private sector, individuals, NGOs, international agencies and many others are supporting the education sector in various forms and quantum.
“Contributions to the education sector should not be limited to the budgetary allocation of the government to the sector.
“This doesn’t negate the reality that education is not receiving an equitable share of the national budget,” Adamu said.
Some people are asking: were was UNILAG< UNN, the University of Ibadan and even the Universityof Benin of that matter.
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