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Fadeyi Oluwaseun
Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomosho
B.tech Marketing Management
200Level, Nigeria.

Professor Capo Asajue is the Vice-Chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, Oyo State. The Professor of Religious Studies, described as a disciplinarian by many, recently spoke with SAM OLUWALANA, Ibadan Bureau Chief, on the achievements and challenges facing the institution, among others. Excerpts:

You have consistently rated ACU one of the best in the country, how did you arrive at this conclusion?

We rate ourselves based on the resources available to us and the quality of our products. Most of our graduates have been able to compete favourably with graduates from other universities within and outside the country.

We have churned out God-fearing students who have been fortified with entrepreneurial abilities and capabilities that have been holding their own, in their fields of discipline.

How many of your courses are accredited by the NUC?

ACU has eight faculties and a Postgraduate School. All of our courses are accredited. We have full accreditation on all our courses for the next five years when NUC will visit again. We did not fail any accreditation. We are proposing to have Political Science, Industrial and Personnel Management and Business Education accredited. Also, we will have our Faculty of Agriculture and Medical School very soon.

Maintaining discipline among youth has become an issue, what effort has the school management put in place to enforce this among students?

This university is built upon the heritage of old St. Andrew College, which was founded in 1897. It was the most disciplined Teachers Training College in Nigeria in those days.

So, the discipline here is very strong. All students are to dress corporately. We have zero tolerance for any act of indiscipline. Any student caught in an act of indiscipline will be tried by a Student Disciplinary Committee, no matter the children of whom they are. In order to sustain a high level of discipline among our students, we have stopped admitting students dismissed from other universities.

Apart from the undergraduate programmes, do you have provision for candidates who do not meet basic qualifications for admission?

We have a foundation programme. We are registered with TOFEL, we have lecturers taking admitted students for remedial courses. Generally, we don’t admit students who do not have basic requirements for our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. We are not too desperate to admit students because we don’t compromise our standard.

Funding has become a challenge for private schools, what are the sources of funding that are available to the university? Do you get subvention from the owner-church or others?

The university does not get subvention from anybody or agency. We run the institution based on the tuition we collect from our students. We have no subvention at all. TETFund has been unfair to private universities. We would have loved it if TETFund allows us to access some of its facilities, but they hide under the claim that the laws do not allow them to extend operations to private universities.

The Federal Government has been unfair to us. At least, TETFund should sponsor lecturers in private universities for PhD programmes and conferences, if other facilities are not extended to us.

How do you run the affairs of the University?

We spend between N70 million to N80 million every month on salaries and running cost. We rely solely on tuition we collect from students. We don’t want to increase our tuition unnecessarily because we want to make it affordable for parents and sponsors. That is the reason we have been appealing that TETFund facilities should be extended to private universities. They should amend the law.

Do you receive support from private individuals or for corporate bodies?

We have not been receiving fund from any organization, although we had reached out to some of them. We are still expecting their responses. But we have some individuals and families who have contributed to the development of the university. We have some Anglican families that have helped us. We have the Wole Olanipekun (SAN), who gave us the Vice Chancellor’s lodge; Chief Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, who gave us the ICT Centre; General TY Danjuma, who gave us the Library; and the Alakijas, who gave us the magnificent Faculty of Law.

Source: https://www.independent.ng/ajayi-crowther-university-among-the-best-in-nigeria-vc/

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