Abuja University engineering students to be transferred to FUTMinna- VC

University of Abuja

The University of Abuja, in 2012, had four of its courses discredited.

Students of the University of Abuja, who had their courses dis-accredited, will be distributed to other institutions not necessarily of their choice, the Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufai, has said.

Ms. Rufai said this on Thursday in Abuja at a public hearing on the incessant student protest at the University.

Following the problem of non-accreditation of some faculties at the university, the government decided to distribute the students to other universities to complete their studies.

The affected faculties are Agriculture, Engineering, Veterinary and Medicine.

The hearing was organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Education.

The minister said that before the students would be distributed to other universities, the Federal Ministry of Education must ensure that there are vacancies in those institutions.

She said that University of Abuja, which was supposed to be a pride to Nigerians, had become a thing of shame.

“Abuja is supposed to be a pride to all of us but unfortunately, it is a shame to all of us,” she said.

She stressed that the recommendations of the visitation panel constituted by government to look into the matter had taken care of the problems of the university.

“Abuja has so many problems; everything being discussed have been taken care of by the visitation panel,” she said.

She blamed the governing council of the University for the lingering accreditation problem.

Ms. Rufai said that though the problem started seven years ago before her and the present vice chancellor assumed office, they would take the blame.

In his contribution, Julius Okojie, the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, NUC, said that the commission is handicapped in areas of sanctioning erring vice chancellors.

Mr. Okojie, who was represented by Akinbode Agbaoye, Deputy Executive Secretary, NUC, said a bill to sanction institutions that flouted the commission’s guidelines was before the National Assembly.

He said that the commission would conduct a student’s audit to avoid them being rejected by the various universities they would be distributed to.

According to him, the commission is working closely with JAMB to ensure that the students were not sent to universities without accredited courses.

The Vice Chancellor of University of Abuja, James Adelabu, said that when he took over in 2009, he stopped further admission of students into the faculties.

He said that prior to his assumption of office; the four faculties had no buildings.

Mr. Adelabu said that engineering students would resume at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, on April 1, while the medical and agriculture faculties would conclude their accreditation before they would commence their programme.

(NAN)


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