The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, has officially reacted to the withdrawal of accreditation of some of its courses by the National University Commission, (NUC).
PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported that the NUC has withdrawn the accreditation for Law, Dentistry, Fine Arts, Botany and Family Nutrition at the university, prompting JAMB to ask aspirant who chose the school to change their course or institution.
However, the Public Relations Officer of the university, Abiodun Olanrewaju in a release made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Monday said the school is working to address the issues raised by the NUC and that the affected programmes will be restored hopefully in the forthcoming accreditation exercise slated for November, 2018.
Read statement below:
UPDATE ON ADMISSION INTO SOME PROGRAMMES FOR 2018/2019
The Management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) is aware of the directive by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) that the 2018/2019 candidates who applied to study Law, Dentistry, Fine and Applied Arts, Botany and Family Nutrition and Consumer Sciences should either change course or university, due to non-accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
The general accreditation exercise was conducted across all universities in December, 2017 and the non-accreditation of some programmes cut across all universities and is not peculiar to OAU.
There are 106 programmes in the University of which the five mentioned above have issues with accreditation. Although all these programmes actually had interim status during the last exercise, they were denied accreditation because of the existing NUC regulation which does not allow for back to back interim status.
The University Management is working assiduously to address the issues raised by the NUC. It therefore has no doubt that the affected programmes will be restored hopefully in the forthcoming accreditation exercise slated for November, 2018. We hereby use this medium to officially appreciate the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) for the prompt release of funds to upgrade the existing structures and facilities in the University.
We appreciate the concern of all stakeholders, particularly parents/guardians and prospective students on this development and plead for their understanding.
The Management will continue to do all within its power to uphold and build upon the academic excellence for which the University is known.
Public Relations Officer, OAU