Poor Funding Responsible for Nigerian Universities’ Low Ranking – UNIMAID VC

By Michael Olugbode

The Vice Chancellor of University of Maiduguri, Prof. Ibrahim Njodi, has said poor funding of Nigerian universities was responsible for their low global ranking.

Speaking during the 22nd convocation and 40th anniversary of the institution, the VC lamented that poor funding has led to abysmal infrastructure in the educational sector of the country.

He claimed that the Nigerian university system has suffered from inadequate funding in the last three decades, which is generally reflected in poor facilities for teaching, learning and research.

He said the inadequate funding has also affected the ability of the Universities to meet the demands of staff and students for improved welfare leading to strikes by staff unions.

He said: “The implications of poor funding are reflected in the current abysmal infrastructure in the system and the poor ranking of Nigerian universities in Africa and the world.

“The funding situation in the University of Maiduguri is grossly inadequate, which adversely affects infrastructural development as there cannot be quality education without adequate funding.”