THE Students Union Government of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has appealed to the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency, restore management science courses in all specialised federal universities in the country.
The union made the appeal through its president, Michael Oloyede, at a press conference on Wednesday, held on the university campus, Alabata, Abeokuta.
Oloyede, flanked by other students union leaders, explained that the order by the Federal Government in 2017, directing all specialised universities in the country from running programmes that were “antithetical to their mandates” to stop such had restricted students from the state from having equal access to higher education in the country.
He added that the delisting of management courses from courses being run by the university had put so much pressure on other universities offering management science courses.
Oloyede said the decision had sent a wrong signal to the people of the state about the intention of the Federal Government to retard the educational progress in the zone.
The delisting directive of the Federal Government, apart from denying many indigenes from the state access to university education, has also put much pressure on the other universities offering courses in management sciences and further shut the university admission door against several others.
“As a sign of discontent with delisting, the paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, has written open letters to the Federal Government on the need to restore the programmes and held press conferences on this issue in 2017 and 2018, and yet, nothing has come out of all these.
“Ogun State has only one the federal university which is Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, that could offer Social and Management Science degree programmes.
“The state does not have a conventional federal university and this justifies the wisdom in the provision (made in the law that established the specialized agricultural universities) for mounting degree programmes in allied disciplines to the specialized universities to run programmes that are related to agriculture in the interest of applicants from the state.
“The new policy directive delisting management sciences from federal universities has posed serious threat to future educational needs of the citizens for programmes in Accounting, Banking & Finance, Economics, Business Administration and Entrepreneurial Studies given that catchment area criterion is used for admission into federal universities in Nigeria,” he said.
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