- National Universities Commission recently announced that it has uncovered 67 institutions, campuses and study centres operating in Nigeria
- The commission through its executive secretary, Abubakar Rasheed made this disclosure in Ilorin on Saturday, December 4
- Rasheed hinted further that the illegal universities awards certificates which makes the issue more disturbing while adding that NUC is working hard to tackle the situation
Kwara state, Ilorin- The National Universities Commission (NUC) revealed recently that it has discovered 67 illegal universities, satellite campuses and study centres in the country.
The Punch reports that the executive secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, made this known while speaking at the 11th convocation ceremony of Al-Hikmah University held in Ilorin on Saturday, December 4.
Rasheed said the situation is a terrible one now as all the alleged illegal institutions award certificates.
He noted that NUC is tackling the situation headlong to discourage the illegality and ensure that reputation of tertiary education in the county is not damaged.
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He stated thus:
“The commission is taking concrete steps through inter-agencies collaboration to tackle the untoward development headlong, especially by mass sensitisation of unsuspecting patrons through periodic publication list of such ‘Degree Mills."
NUC seeks collaboration
The NUC boss further called for the joint effort of all stakeholders to check dwindling standard of education to make the country greater.
He added that:
“The New Nigeria project is a task that must be accomplished by all. We all have a role in shaping the future of our dear country. So, no sacrifice will be too much to salvage the palpable nosedive of our education system. We are are all stakeholders in the scheme of selfless commitment to producing competent and resourceful manpower that will drive the much desired development in all strata of the Nigerian life.”
ICPC, NUC move against illegal degree-awarding schools
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has said that it would begin clamping down on illegal degree awarding institutions as well as tackle the problem of sexual harassment in tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
The plan to tackle the problem of fake degrees and sexual harassment was reached with the management of the National Universities Commission (NUC) during a courtesy visit to ICPC’s headquarters, Abuja, recently.
Executive secretary of NUC, Professor Abubakar Rashid Adamu, who led the delegation to ICPC lamented that schools that award higher degrees within six months and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in less than one year had become common in Nigeria.