FG orders immediate shut down of 66 illegal universities, 68 polytechnics

FG orders immediate shut down of 66 illegal universities, 68 polytechnics

- The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, says there will be a crackdown on some illegal higher universities, polytechnics, monotechnics and specialised technical and vocational institutions in the country

- Adamu describes the upsurge in illegal higher institutions especially, universities, as a source of embarrassment to the federal government

- The minister says the promoters of such institutions will immediately be apprehended and prosecuted by the relevant authorities

Dozens of illegal higher institutions, including 66 universities and 68 polytechnics are to be shutdown by the federal government in a new crackdown.

The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, speaking at a media conference in Abuja, said the crackdown will affect some illegal higher universities, polytechnics, monotechnics, specialised technical and vocational institutions, in the country, Daily Trust reports.

Adamu described the upsurge of illegal higher institutions especially, universities, as a source of embarrassment to the federal government.

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He urged that the National Universities Commission(NUC), National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), to work with relevant security agencies to immediately crackdown hard on all illegal tertiary institutions within their jurisdictions.

“Promoters of such institutions should immediately be apprehended and prosecuted. Let me warn those promoting illegal institutions that the days of treating promoters of such institutions with kid gloves are over. Anyone caught in the act will be severely punished,” the minister warned.

Adamu noted that most of the unapproved higher institutions usually enlist the services of unqualified and unrecognized personnel.

He said the unrecognised higher institutions included those illegal institutions based in Nigeria and those that were on-line in unapproved linkages and affiliations with substandard foreign institutions that have no accreditation or recognition of regulatory bodies either in Nigeria or their home countries.

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“They have no admission quota, they run unaccredited courses with practically no standards. Their products are half baked and unemployable,” he said.

Adamu said greed and endemic corruption were some of the major factors responsible for the recent upsurge in the number of illegal providers of degree-awarding institutions in the country.

He noted that the illegal institutions were also exploiting the insufficient access of many qualified candidates who sit for the yearly Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) organised by Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

The minister stressed that the ban placed on satellite campuses and study centres was still in force, and directed all regulatory agencies in the education sector to work with security agencies to track, close the illegal centres, apprehend and prosecute their owners.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the illegal universities as identified by the National Universities Commission include, University of Accountancy and Management Studies, University of Industry, Yaba, Lagos, Blacksmith University, Awka, Atlanta University Anyigba, Logo state and UNESCO University, Ndoni, River State.

Also, Columbus University, UK, London External Studies, UK, Pebbies University, UK, Tiu International University, UK, among others.

Similarly, Adonai Polytechnic, Benue, Al-Ameen College of Health Sciences and Technology, Kaduna state, Assam School of Basic Health Science and Technology, Kaduna, Bethel Polytechnic, Benue State and Grand Royal College of Health Technology, Ekiti State were on the list of 68 unapproved polytechnics and Monotechnics operating in the country.

Meanwhile, the federal government has said that university students may soon return to their various higher institutions as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) could call of its strike in the week starting from Monday, January 28.

The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, speaking with journalists after a press conference on Friday, January 25, said there was a possibility of university lecturers ending their strike soon, Daily Trust reports.

But the striking lecturers have insisted they will only return to work when their demands are met by the federal government.

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