Public universities cannot continue to rely on Federal Government funding if they are to attain world class status, Olufemi Bamiro, a lecturer at the University of Ibadan, has said.
Bamiro, who spoke during a consultative meeting of Vice-chancellors in Abuja, said a situation where students of federal varsities pay the least fees while those in private varsities pay ten times more has increased the problem of access.
Bamiro said children of the rich have far more choices than children of the poor as Nigeria has become a ready market for universities abroad.
He said from 2007 to 2009, Nigerians studying abroad may have spent over N137bn on tuition and living expenses when the budget for the entire education sector within that period was N459bn.
He said many countries are now paying attention to fees policy and are gradually introducing fees in the public sector and Nigeria should not be an exception.