Tuesday, September 26, 2017

‘FG owes Redeemer’s University $375,000’



The Vice-Chancellor of the Redeemer’ s University , Ede , Prof . Zacheus Adeyewa , has said that the Federal Government is owing the institution the sum of $ 375, 000, said to have been spent on research aimed at preventing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the country in 2014 .

The VC said this at a pre -convocation press conference held to announce the ninth convocation ceremony of the university on Monday in Ede , Osun State.

Adeyewa said it was unfair that private universities were not benefitting from the Tertiary Education Fund despite their contributions to the body of knowledge and the well-being of humanity .

He said, “ We spent $ 375, 000 during the Ebola crisis and the government has not returned the money to us . They say we are a private university , but they have not answered the question whether Ebola , Yellow fever and other infectious diseases are private .

“ Why did they cheat us with this public , private dichotomy? Please , help us to tell them to refund our money . Our African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases has become the best rated among its peers in Africa through its profound research outputs , innovation and manpower development for the continent .

“ We have become a continental powerhouse in the prevention, control and elimination of infectious diseases, such as Ebola and Lassa fever . Our team is not only the toast , but also the pacesetter for the other African Centers of Excellence . In this regard and to the glory of God, the World Bank has rated us as the university with the best research facilities in Sub -Saharan Africa.


“ We have developed Rapid Test Kits that could detect Ebola and Lassa fever viruses within 10 minutes . Our Ebola Rapid Diagnostic test kit has been approved for use by the United States Food and a drug Administration and World Health Organisation . ”

The vice chancellor said that 22 students of the university graduated with first class honours , while 145 made second class upper division and 203 made second class lower division out of 465 produced by the university .

As part of the events lined up for the convocation, Adeyewa said the university would award a honorary Doctor of Management Science degress to Felix Ohiwerei in recognition of his significant contributions to corporate Nigeria through his exemplary leadership qualities.

He added that a renowned historian, Prof. Toyin Falola , would also be conferred with another Doctor of Letters degress in recognition of his immense and unparalleled contributions to scholarship and transformation of the African continent .

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