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Chief Victor Umeh, the Senator representing Anambra Central, voiced his frustration with the inadequate financial allocation for the educational sector in Nigeria, declaring that the National Assembly would actively resist any budget proposal that does not allocate sufficient resources to the education sector.
Chief Victor Umeh was appointed as the Chancellor of Tansian University, Umunya, a faith-based university, during a ceremony held in Aguluzigbo, Anaocha local government area of Anambra State over the weekend.
Chief Victor Umeh stressed the significance of education as a fundamental pillar for the advancement of a nation and spoke of the resolution of the 10th National Assembly to ensure that the government prioritizes adequate funding for education.
Pointing out the commendable contributions of private universities in enhancing educational standards, Chief Victor Umeh drew attention to the challenge of affordability, stating that economic limitations prevent many young people from accessing these institutions.
Umeh’s words: ‘It is common knowledge that in Nigeria today, we still have a lot to do to have functional and proper educational facilities for our children. The public schools owned by government had suffered so much because of disputes between the academic staff and government due to poor remuneration of the lecturers.’
‘Poor attention is paid to education through budget as the country is very far behind the globally recommended budgetary provision for education, which is necessary to meet the required standard.’
‘Any budget the government brings to the national assembly that does not make adequate provision for education will be resisted.’
‘If we give our children quality education, we would have laid a solid foundation for a bright future for our country.’
Senator Victor Umeh, who currently sponsors around 300 undergraduate and postgraduate students through his educational foundation, vowed to extend his dedication to education to his role on the board of Tansian University.
He further said: ‘I accepted to be the Chancellor because it is a call to service. For considering me a fit and proper person to be appointed the Chancellor of this great university, I feel so challenged as I know that the responsibility will go with a lot of dedication.’
‘I will strive to make Tansian University a worthy citadel of learning and it is, therefore, an honour and privilege to be part of a highly principled and God – fearing university.’
‘I will use my reach, contact and everything to help promote the ideals of this university.’
The management of Tansian University, led by Professor Eugene Nwadialor, the Vice Chancellor, presented Senator Victor Umeh with his appointment letter, mentioning the careful search process that ultimately led to his appointment.
‘Looking at your pedigree, experience, commitment and doggedness to issues you believe in, the board decided that you should be appointed the Chancellor.’
‘The message of the Visitor to the university, Peter Cardinal Okpalaeke, is that you should bring that experience to bear in the affairs of the university.’
‘Before now, Okpalaeke was the chairman of the board, the visitor and Chancellor, just to make sure that we survive. Recently, the board thought it wise that under the separation of functions, the post of Chancellor should be given to a worthy son of the soil,’ the Vice Chancellor stated.
Remembering Senator Victor Umeh’s previous affiliation with Tansian University, Professor Eugene Nwadialor, the Vice Chancellor, mentioned that he was among the inaugural recipients of an honorary doctorate degree from the institution.
In 2009, Tansian University was founded by the late Professor Johnbosco Akam, a revered Reverend Monsignor in the Catholic Church, with the aim of creating an institution dedicated to excellence in education.