Babalakin family donates Guest House to Fountain varsity
Family, Sultan task varsities on alternative revenue generation
The family of late Justice Bolarinwa Oyegoke Babalakin, a retired judge of the Supreme Court, who died last year at the age of 94, yesterday, donated an ultra-modern guest house to Fountain University, Osogbo, with a charge on all tertiary institutions in the country to seek alternative sources of generating revenue.
The assertion was also corroborated by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, who urged Nigerians to assist tertiary institutions, saying that government alone cannot fund education in the country.
A family member, Dr. B. O. Babalakin, who spoke on behalf of the family, said the commissioning of the project was in fulfilment of the promise made by the deceased justice when he was alive.
Babalakin said the resources required to fund a proper education system are simply not there or easily available, thus calling on authorities of the nation’s educational institutions to find alternative means of generating revenue to sustain the institutions.
In his remarks, the Sultan urged members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to show understanding with the Federal Government, saying that the recently-suspended eight months strike could have been avoided if continuous negotiations and dialogue were maintained.
The monarch said: “I have been pleading with ASUU. I have been part of the negotiation team with ASUU and I know what we have discussed. There are things that we could have done more to be honest with one another in ensuring that our children whom we all care for be in school and graduate.
“No matter how bad a university is, the school turns out thousands of graduates who are excellent and brilliant, why do we have to continue fighting over some little issues, the government can not fund all educational issues, people should come out and help to fund public tertiary institutions so that we can have a better situation in our schools, especially our universities.”