The Vice-Chancellor of Wesley University Ondo, Rt. Rev Prof. Samuel Sunday Obeka, has called upon faith-based universities to consider reducing their tuition fees due to the current economic situation in Nigeria. He also addressed and dismissed allegations of unpaid salaries to part-time lecturers at the university, terming these claims as not only unfounded but also misleading.
Wesley University has taken the lead as the first faith-based institution in Nigeria to announce a 50% reduction in its tuition fees, demonstrating its commitment to contributing to the betterment of society. During a press conference in anticipation of the university’s 11th Convocation ceremony and a bishop’s reception and revival event in Ondo State, titled “Faith of our Fathers,” the Methodist Church Bishop encouraged other faith-based educational institutions in the country to lower their tuition fees as an act of humanitarian service to those in need.
In his address, he emphasized the economic challenges facing the Nigerian population and the importance of not exacerbating them further. He mentioned that Wesley University had reduced fees by half for several academic programs, particularly in the school of postgraduate studies, natural and applied sciences, and agricultural programs, to support students during the challenging times, influenced by the removal of the oil subsidy.
In response to allegations of unpaid wages to part-time lecturers, the Vice-Chancellor clarified that Wesley University no longer engages in part-time lecturing, following directives from the National Universities Commission (NUC). The university now employs visiting lecturers instead and disengaged part-time lecturers due to concerns regarding their commitment. He asserted that the university had resolved most of its challenges and thanked the Methodist Church Nigeria leadership and its partners for their support in transforming Wesley University from a technology-focused institution into a comprehensive university offering over 50 undergraduate and some postgraduate courses.
The Bishop acknowledged that to strengthen their academic programs, they had transitioned committed part-time lecturers into full-time positions. He declared that the university did not owe any emoluments to former part-time lecturers. He noted that a committee had previously investigated the matter, and this is not the first time such claims had arisen.
In conclusion, the Vice-Chancellor assured the public that Wesley University is thriving and preparing for its 11th convocation ceremonies. The event will feature the founder of the Dunamis International Gospel Centre and university
Chancellor, Snr. Pastor Dr. Paul Enenche, who will lead a three-day revival-crusade. The closing ceremony will include an endowment and alumni lecture, honoring distinguished Nigerians who have contributed to the country’s development and mankind. He also highlighted the university’s ongoing construction, renovation, and expansion projects to ensure the university continues to flourish.
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