Pursuant to its statutory mandate of ensuring the quality and orderly development of university education in Nigeria, the National Universities Commission has observed persistent violation of extant rules and operational guidelines by some private universities as follows:
i. Unwillingness to comply with NUC Regulations:
The universities have persistently violated laid down procedures regarding implementation of the provisions of the Academic Brief and Master Plan documents as well as express provisions of the letter conveying approval for their licence through commencement of parttime and other academic programmes without requisite approval;
ii. Inappropriate Governance Structure and Ethos:
Some of the affected universities have over the years failed to properly constitute their Governing Councils and in some instances did not appoint Pro-Chancellors as required by their University laws and in line with university tradition and global best practices. This has brought about the overbearing presence and interference of the promoter in the day-to-day running of the universities;
iii. Poor Management of Academic Activities:
Some of the affected universities have engaged in the establishment of academic programmes without the requisite approval by the NUC and consideration for adequate human and material resources, to ensure
quality of programmes;
iv. Generally Poor Learning Environment:
The Commission has observed that some of the universities have generally poor learning environment. In some of these institutions,ICT, Teaching and Learning Resources are poorly deployed; and
v. Mismanagement of Students’ Examination Records:
The Commission also observed that some of the universities employ unconventional approaches to the management of examination and records. These include generally poor examination administration and failure to prepare and release examination transcripts to students as and when due.
Consequently, the National Universities Commission hereby suspends the
operational licence of:
Madonna University, Okija and its other campuses; Lead City University, Ibadan; Tansian University, Umunya; Caritas University, Amorji-Nike, Enugu; Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji; Achievers University, Owo and Obong University, Obong Ntak’s licence has been withdrawn because it failed to meet the requirement for renewal of the provisional licence after the statutory three-year period.
The universities should, in accordance with the implication of the suspension of licence, immediately stop further admission of students into all their academic programmes until a forensic audit is conducted.
For candidates who applied to any of these universities for the 2012/2013 academic year, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has been requested to assist in distributing qualified candidates to other universities of their choice.
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