The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, UNIBEN, Professor Lilian Salami, said that Nigerian universities Vice-Chancellors spend an average of N1 billion weekly, without any tangible projects to show for it.
The UNIBEN Vice-Chancellor, on Friday stated this at the 2nd Regular Zonal Executive Council Meeting of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU, South-South, held in UNIBEN, also lamented that the Nigerian universities are not being funded adequately.
Professor Salami lamented the present economic period is not the best period for anyone to be a Vice-Chancellor, adding that members of the university had labelled her “CEO of aradite company.”
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“Until I became the vice-chancellor, nobody could have told me that on that table, you can spend N1 billion in a week and yet, you cannot see something quantifiable to show for it”, Professor Salami said.
According to her, “It is always one roof is blown, there is no light, there is no water, there is no road, tyre is no anything ”
Speaking on how members of staff of the university perceived her, Salami said, “most of them call me the manager of aradite company. Do you know what aradite does? It is the glue. So it is food that you will educate them at Tue end of this meeting, to tell them that this is the worst time for anyone to be vice-chancellor.”
“Because one is truly working with the slimmest resources that can be available to any CEO. And it is not just University of Benin; but all public institutions, which of course you are also part of. You know we are not being funded in the university well. What we are getting is just salary, which is good. But you still have to drive the system,” the vice-chancellor bemoaned.
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