- JAMB registrar, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, has accused private universities of aiding corruption in Nigeria
- Oloyede noted that most private university operators go against laws guiding university operations
- According to the registrar, some of the proprietors choose to run the universities like a family business
Professor Is-haq Oloyede, the registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has lamented that the private universities are aiding academic corruption and decadence in the country.
Leadership reports that Oloyede made this known in Abuja on Monday, April 15, at the opening ceremony of a two-day summit on Nigerian private universities themed: “Private university education delivery in Nigeria; challenges and opportunities.''
Legit.ng gathered that he said private university operators are going against many laws guiding university operations in Nigeria.
He said: “Government opened up the space few years ago for private operators to come complement government effort in providing university education to Nigerians, but it seems like the aim is gradually being defeated. When you visit some private universities, you will be ashamed for Nigeria.
"From the structures, you will know that something is wrong. If you take a deeper look, you will discover more decadence and rot in their operations. Some of the proprietors choose to run the universities like a family business and it ought not to be so."
The JAMB registrar stressed that only the vice chancellor is recognised by law as being in charge of day-to-day running of the university, while every other person with ceremonial titles play supportive roles.
"If I were to be university proprietor, I will prefer to take the position of chairman of the council because of the control power attached to that office."
The minister of education, Malam Adamu Adamu, represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Architect Sunny Echono, said that running a private University is very serious business which requires great discipline.
He urged private universities to address the major challenges militating against their operation, which according to him, are the issue of staffing, poor or non implementation of university governance arrangement, excessive proprietor influence, inadequate funding among others.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a man identified as Umar Sani was arrested in Sokoto state for malpractice as the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) continued on Saturday, April 13.
Sani, a professional examination mercenary, who specialises in writing JAMB tests for multiple candidates, was arrested at about 8am on Saturday, April 13, as he made to access a centre at the Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic to sit the examination for another of his clients.
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