The Oasis Reporters
March 25, 2018
With the latest matriculation exam results in hand, many candidates would still have to sit at home for one year, biting their toenails because the crippling Non Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, NASU strike has made the calendar to run late.
The University of Ibadan in South west Nigeria is yet to call into the system, thousands of prospective candidates who sat for the examination in 2017 and have been due for admission since September last year.
Meanwhile the story is different somewhere else.
The system is running smoothly in the University of Ilorin, less than 180 km from Ibadan, the leading federal government owned university that runs a stable calendar.
Privately owned universities have zero tolerance for strikes, but their fees are unaffordable to the children of the poor, whose widow’s mite in churches across the country contributed to the setting up of the multi billion naira well run universities, of course, largely by mega churches in Nigeria.
One of them, Covenant University in Sango Ota, some thirty kilometers to Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos.
CU, as it is famously called is owned by David Oyedepo’s mega church, Living Faith Church, also known as Winners Chapel with branches all over Nigeria and international branches all over the world. Covenant University is one highly successful university that leads in some sectors as well as having a trailblazing Engineering faculty that actually invents and produces innovative technological appliances.
The University has given birth, so to speak, to a younger one, called Landmark university, in the home town of the founder of the church, Omu-aran in the North Central state of Kwara.
Here, Bishop David Oyedepo shows greater charity by instituting free tuition for all students who would study agriculture and food related courses. Oyedepo wants food security for Africa, while launching the continent into adding value to agro processing.
Unlike high fee paying Covenant University, that is affordable to only the children of the wealthy, or those who can afford it’s quality.
To break the resumption silence on strike prone older universities, the University of Ibadan, last week gave it’s final year students an ultimatum to vacate the halls of residence latest by March 23. A sign that new intakes may come in for registration after the Easter break, NASU strike or not.