ABUJA: The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, on Monday, took a swipe at private Universities in Nigeria, saying that they have brought another dimension to the corrupt and corrupting tendency in the public institutions.
Prof Oloyede made the statement in a goodwill message at a two-day National Summit on Private Universities with the theme, “Private University Education Delivery in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities”.
According to him, “We have complained of the problems in the public institutions, thinking that the private universities would come to help, we must tell ourselves the truth, they have come to complicate matters rather than eliminate those challenges we have with public Institutions.
“They have brought another dimension to the corrupt and corrupting tendency in the public institutions” he stressed.
He further noted that the structure of most private universities are wrong, and expressed disappointment over the “insignificant proportion” of candidates admitted.
“When you go to their convocation you will feel ashamed, it’s like a family meeting.
“A University is not made by the building.The person running a University is the vice chancellor and every other person is there to support the vice chancellor.
“I am pained that we admit insignificant proportion of the candidate despite our number as private universities, we do not admit up to 5% of the students due to so many reasons such as age.
“You want candidate, you want money but not at all cost.
“I believe that there are decent persons and we as JAMB, we will continue to corporate with you.
“Despite your fees, you will have candidate if you are focused”, he ended.