No fewer than 7, 000 admission seekers are jostling for 500 admission spaces at the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, FUOYE.

The 7, 000 candidates are slugging it out in the ongoing weeklong post-Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination, UTME, which commenced at the institution last Thursday.

FUOYE’s Vice-Chancellor,Prof. Prof Isaac Asuzu, told journalists at the institution at the weekend that it was regrettable that only 500 candidates could be admitted by the institution out of the numerous candidates scrambling to gain admission into the university this year.

Asuzu, who expressed hope that the new university was being positioned for excellent and qualitative education delivery, said the institution was still in need of more facilities for researches that would be beneficial to society.

According to him, the institution is currently on a revenue drive to private companies, individuals and colleges abroad for the no fewer than N1.5 billion needed to provide facilities in the Faculty of Engineering.

He said the Federal Government had spent over N3.5 billion on the provision of infrastructure in the institution, adding that the amount was released in two tranches.

The vice-chancellor said: “For the Faculty of Engineering to be a world class or 21st century faculty, we will need up to N1.5 billion, particularly to provide the best laboratories that will offer our students the best learning process. We cannot rely on government alone and that is why we are reaching out to private bodies.”

He said the university was presently strengthening its Research and Innovation Centre, saying the institution recently sent one of its directors and academic staff to China to understudy some new innovations in the areas of science and technology.

Asuzu said the institution was working on new drives to boost its Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, these he listed to include the establishment of a paint factory powered by a new inverter produced by the institution.

He said the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND, and some interested private companies had expressed interest in building hostels and staff quarters in the institution to enable the university accommodate the staff and students.

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