By Brenda Agba
The Benue State Governor, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia, was recently awarded an honorary doctorate degree in humanities by the Ernest Bai Koroma University of Science and Technology, Makeni, Sierra Leone.
The award which was presented during the university’s 5th congregational
ceremony for the conferment of degrees and award of diplomas and certificates to the 2022/2023 graduands, was in recognition of his excellent leadership qualities and enormous contributions to education.
Speaking during the event, Governor Alia identified Public/Private Partnership (PPP), as a potential solution to the challenges of financing higher education in Africa.
According to him, challenges of financing higher education in Africa have become daunting, stressing the increasing financial constraints faced by educational institutions and the rising tuition fees that students and their families have to grapple with.
“In today’s rapidly evolving world, challenges of financing higher education have become daunting. Educational institutions face increasing financial constraints while students and their families grapple with rising tuition fees”, he observed.
The Governor said limited public funding coupled with increasing students’ demands has placed immense pressure on institutions, threatening the quality and accessibility to education.
He however stated that amidst all these challenges, Public/Private Partnership has emerged as a potential solution to sustaining and enhancing the quality of higher education in Africa.
A statement by the Principal Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Content Creation, Isaac Uzaan, revealed that during the visit to Sierra Leone, the Governor also had a stint at the famous St. Joseph of Moriado Formation House, Makeni where he met with some seminarians and the head of the formation house, Novice Master Bruno.
According to the statement, Governor Alia, who also participated in the feast day celebration of Michael Tansi Quasi Parish, Goderich Barracks, was treated to a dinner at the house of Most Rev Dr. Edward Tamba Charles, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Freetown, Sierra Leone.
On the entourage of the Governor was the Benue State Commissioner for Education and Knowledge Management, Rev. Fredrick Ikyaan, the Vice Chancellor, Benue State University, Prof. Joseph Tor Iorapuu, the Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Grace Adagba, Former Nigerian Ambassador to Russia and the Republic of Belarus, Prof. Steve Ugba, the Principal Special Assistant to the Governor on Protocol and Wardrobe, Hon. Emmanuel Iorbee, as well as Hon. Mike Chia, amongst others.