NUC decries lack of physical master plans for new Nigerian universities

Julius Okojie, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission

The Universities Commission said the academic briefs of the new varsities were poorly conceived.

The National Universities Commission, NUC, has expressed worry over the failure of the nine new federal universities to present comprehensive physical master plans for the development of their permanent sites.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Julius Okojie, expressed the feeling on Monday in Abuja at a media presentation of vice-chancellors and registrars appointed to run three of the universities.

The NUC secretary said the master plans of the nine universities were not ready because their academic briefs were poorly conceived.

Mr. Okojie said the three new universities would be given a timeline within which to present their physical master plans to avoid a recurrence of the challenges with the nine universities.

He urged vice-chancellors of the three latest federal universities to avoid such hiccups in the preparation of their academic briefs.

He also urged the vice-chancellors to justify the confidence reposed in them by the Federal Government.

“You should justify the confidence by printing your names in gold, through the utilisation of the N2 billion take-off grant approved for the physical development of the permanent sites of the universities into world class institutions,’’ he said.

He said that the commission, on its part, would not relent on its oars to ensure that all the universities lived up to expectation.

The NUC boss said President Goodluck Jonathan had fulfilled his campaign promises by establishing and funding the smooth take-off of the universities.

Academic activities in the universities are expected to start in the 2014/2015 session, he said.


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