National University Commission has denied 11 private universities of full operational licences, giving them two year extension to make amends.
The National University Commission (NUC) has denied 11 private universities of full operational licences, giving them two year extension to make amends.
The Executive Secretary NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie, announced this at the presentation of full operational licences to nine private universities at NUC in Abuja yesterday.
The universities are; Wesley University of Science and Technology; Landmark University; Rhema University; Samuel Adegboyega University; Paul University; Oduduwa University; Tansian University; Baze University; Obong University; Achievers University, Wellspring University.
However, nine private universities, Caleb University; Salem University; Veritas University; Afe Babalola University; Nigerian Turkish Nile University; Godfrey Okoye University; Fountain University; Adeleke University; Western Delta University; were given full operational licence.
He said the universities that were denied license was checked with the criteria of totality of conduct and quality, grades, staff quality, total number of programmes and urged them to look at their defects.
Stating their reason for denial, Okojie said, “They haven’t done well in their accreditation, their programs are not strong enough, when we go for accreditation, there is full, interim and denied accreditation, interim means that after three years you are not doing well on the total.
Half of your program must be full, then if you have two or three denied, we won’t give you licence. If we don’t monitor them that way we will have problem.
So they will slow down and go and look at their programs, their staff frame, so two years is enough time.”
He added that the NUC Inspection and monitoring team, also looked at the pyramidal structure of lecturers, governance structures, qualities of staffs and numbers, general value, requirement of 100 hectares of land, and relationship with the host community.
He urged the eleven universities to have a strong organisation structure, avoid interference as it is not healthy for their growth and work towards improving and delivering. The NUC boss therefore assured that if they are ready before the two years given, they would get their full license.
-Charity Simon, Abuja