The Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, has commended the current administration of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), led by the vice chancellor, Prof Bartho Okolo, on the development of infrastructure and improvement of existing ones in the university.
The minister who was at the university, recently, as part of his good governance tour in Enugu State, was conducted round the Nsukka campus by the deputy vice chancellor (Academic) Prof Isaac Asuzu, who represented the vice chancellor.
After viewing some of the on-going and completed projects, the minister noted that a lot of development has taken place in the university since the last time he visited.
"Let me commend the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. I was here in 1988 I know this is a different place from what I saw. Then, most of the buildings were virtually collapsing; I saw paintings that had not been changed for ten to fifteen years.
"But today, I can see that almost every building on this campus has been touched; hostels, faculty buildings and new structures, are all looking different. That is the kind of thing we should appreciate", he said.
Maku lamented that past military regimes in Nigeria brought about the collapse of the university system as they encouraged migration of Nigerian scholars to Western and Eastern European countries in search of greener pastures.
On the problem of funding of universities, the minister acknowledged that the universities needed more funds for optimal performance, but said that the National Economic Council (NEC) was working on a grand scheme to generate more funds for universities from both private and public sectors.