Dons commend NUC over suspension of licenses to 7 private universities

Two dons have commended the National University Commission (NUC) for suspending the licenses of seven private universities, over insufficient facilities and academic programmes.

Following Wednesday’s announcement by the spokesperson of the NUC, Ibrahim Yakassai, that the commission had suspended the licences of seven private universities, the dons said on Thursday that the licenses should have been withdrawn permanently.

The affected universities are: Madonna University Okija, Anambra; Caritas University Enugu; Achiever University Owo, Ondo State; Lead City University, Ibadan, Oyo State; Obong University, Obong; Tansian University, Umunya; and Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun.

According to the NUC, the licenses were suspended because of the institutions’ non-compliance with NUC-stipulated regulations guiding the operations of universities.

Ralph Akinfeleye, head, Mass Communications department, University of Lagos, said the NUC’s action was taken to ensure quality control in private universities.

Mr. Akinfeleye noted that it is disheartening that some universities were established without adequate facilities and lecturers because of selfish interests.

He said that some state government-owned universities are also guilty of running such institutions below set standards, and called for sanctions.

“I commend the NUC for the suspension of the seven universities but I will recommend that their licenses be withdrawn permanently if they fail to meet standards.

“People cannot be floating universities as if they are establishing petrol stations. Before you can run a university, you must have experienced teachers and infrastructures on ground.

“Many of these private universities over admit students, while some don’t even have equipment to teach some courses and yet they admit students and charge them high fees,’’ he said.

Mr. Akinfeleye, however, urged the NUC to allow students currently in the affected institutions to finish their studies, while disallowing fresh intakes.

He urged educationists to invest more in human capital instead of making money without providing services.

Toba Elegbeleye, Head of Department of Psychology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, said that the NUC action is in order.

He said the NUC is responsible for moderating the activities of universities and is only carrying out its duties.

He added that it is mandatory for people planning to set up universities to meet regulated standards before establishing such and admitting students.

“NUC accredits from time to time and any institution that falls short of standards should be sanctioned.

“It is not about the students, the student can be allowed to finish or be transferred to other institutions to complete their courses,’’ Mr. Elegbeleye said.

He advised students in the affected institutions to sue the management of their institutions for exploiting them.

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