…Advocates the use of ICT for Efficient Teaching, Learning
The National Universities Commission has emphasised that there are no illegal universities operating in Nigeria presently.
The National Universities Commission (NUC) has emphasised that there are no illegal universities operating in Nigeria presently. Reacting to a publication by an online newspaper alleging that over 57 illegal universities are operating in Nigeria, the Commission’s Director Media and Publicity Malam Ibrahim Yakasai, in Abuja clarified that the list published by the online newspaper is an old list adding that NUC has been publishing lists of illegal universities in the country for the past nine years. “The list of illegal universities is not new. The list has been on existence for the past four to five years.
The names of those illegal universities usually come out in our weekly bulletin for the past nine years. “ We published the names of those illegal universities so that those seeking admission into those universities will know the genuine ones,” he said.
He denied that the NUC has not gone to sleep and suddenly wake up as alleged by the publication saying that NUC is alive to it responsibilities and has never gone to sleep “You are all witnesses that we usually invite the press to go with us to close those illegal universities.
I want to emphasize that there is no illegal universities operating in this country as of now. We have prosecuted two of those universities,” he said. He disclosed that the Commission has sued most of the universities operating in the country without approval to court but lamented that the court process is too slow.
He warned that Universities is not a money making venture but an investment to serve humanity. The impatience of today’s learners and sheer volume of information in today’s world has made learning on- go the trend around the world. With these developments come the needs for resource sharing in order to make them available for learners to access and expand the frontiers of the acquisition of quality knowledge through deployment of efficient Information Communication Technology (ICT) system.
This was the views of the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie in Abuja at the 2015 international conference on ‘Technology Assisted Learning’ jointly organized by the NUC, American University of Nigeria and the Digital Promise Foundation.
Okojie said that it is time for transition from the obsolete teaching method to the use of ICT for the nation as this would help in driving the Nigeria University system forward. “We must key into the change factor and must be challenged by issues. We must be involved in the budgeting of university system,” he said. “With about 2.4 million students in Nigeria universities and over 1.8 million students still seeking admission every year bearing in mind that we only have 500,000 spaces then the question arise on creating more access and knowing that we have 140 universities out of which 61 are private, 39 are states we need more access,” he said.
Speaking at the conference ontheme The Nigerian Education Sector: Current State of IT, the former Executive Secretary NUC Prof. Peter Okebukola listed the challenge of deploying ICT in the country’s education system such as epileptic power supply, lack of capacity building for teachers. He advocated that “NUC should organize one week refresher course for Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities to development technical assistance learning.” He further advised NUC to monitor Universities on level of compliance on the use of ICT for teaching and research.
-Charity Simon, Abuja