UniAbuja to pay fees for students who complete programmes elsewhere

The University of Abuja was shut down over the non-approval of some the courses offered in the school.

The University of Abuja, troubled by years of unaccredited programmes and poor facilities, has offered to pay one year academic fees for students who are ready to complete their programs in other approved universities in the country.

Speaking at a public hearing organized on Thursday by the House of Representatives Committee on Education, the Vice Chancellor of the University, James Delabu, said the school is ready to foot the bill if the students cooperate with the management.

According to Mr. Delabu, a professor of physics, the approved institutions include: University of Ilorin, University of Ibadan, and the Federal University of Technology, Minna.

The University of Abuja has been shut down following protest by the undergraduates of the Engineering Faculty of the Institution.

With many of its programmes unapproved by the federal government, the school has seen similar protests in the past from weary students who have spent several years without graduation, and those who see no prospect of leaving the institution.

Earlier at the hearing, the Minister of Education, Rukayattu Rufai, said the school was shut due to the illegal operations of some programs like Engineering, Medicine, Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine.

Ms. Rufai said a government White Paper has been concluded and submitted as regards the problems of the university, and said the report showed the school “has so many problems”.

The Executive Secretary of National University Commission, NUC, Julius Okojie represented by his deputy, Akinbode Agbaoye, said the University of Abuja had been directed to discontinue admitting students since 2009 as a result of non accreditation of the said programs.

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