The administration of Wesley University, located in Ondo town, Ondo State, a faith-based institution, has announced a 50 per cent reduction in its tuition fees. The university cited this decision as part of its commitment to contributing to the advancement of humanity.
In a statement made available to the public on Monday, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Samuel Obeka, revealed this development. The reduced tuition fees apply to specific programs offered in the departments of Natural and Applied Sciences, Education, Agriculture, Finance and Investment, and Economics at the institution.
Prof. Obeka clarified that these programs, despite their significance to national development, had low enrollment due to their perceived high tuition fees and abstract or unclear nature.
He stated, “The gesture was implemented to encourage parents and guardians to allow their children and wards to enjoy the benefits and endowments inherent in the institution. This is also done in fulfilment of the promise made at the inception of our university to give opportunity to all Nigerians for professional and academic development, and thereby, contribute to national development.”
He also highlighted the establishment of Wesley University, Ondo by the Methodist Church Nigeria as part of their efforts to foster a strong national ethos and practical implementation of national development policies.
Prof. Obeka emphasized that the university offers 44 academic programs across nine colleges, all approved and accredited by the National Universities Commission. These programs span various disciplines, including Law, Arts, Education, Natural and Applied Sciences, Environmental Design and Management, Agriculture, Food Science and Technology, Health Sciences, and Social and Management Sciences.
Additionally, Wesley University operates a School of Postgraduate Studies, a School of Continuing Education, and an Institute of Agricultural Research and Training to contribute to Nigeria’s quest for robust developmental progress.
In conclusion, Prof. Obeka expressed concern about government decisions, suggesting that addressing the issue of fuel subsidy removal and the proposed palliative measures should take precedence over increasing tuition fees at government-owned universities.
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