NUC Tasks Universities On Developing Nigeria’s Economy

NUC, NTIThe National Universities Commission (NUC) has charged Nigerian universities to come up with innovative research products, and publications that will impart positively on the lives of ordinary Nigerians and develop the nation’s economy.

This was made known by the Executive Secretary of the NUC while delivering a paper on Nigerian universities, “Thinking outside the box to embrace innovative and positive change”, at the University of Benin main auditorium, in Benin City the Edo State capital.

Represented by the Director Research and Innovation of the NUC, Dr Sulaiman Yusuf said the current administration of the commission has decided to be flexible to help innovative change in universities curriculum, so as to produce knowledgeable graduates.

“Are Nigerian universities poised to break substantially away from the tried and tested procedures, methodologies and traditional ways of doing things which had produced results in the past but which now appear doubtful efficacy.

“Our research must be need driven, we must scan our environment to see what problems exist that need urgent solutions, what industries are preponderant in our areas that will require some high level cerebral thinking from the university  so that the business will move better”.

The Vice Chancellor, Medical University Ondo State Prof Friday Okonofua noted that “It is not funding that is really the issue, its vision, being able to come up with new innovations in terms of research, service delivery and teaching. Those are the things that make for internationalisation of universities”.

The Director General  Nigeria Institute For Education Planning and Admin. Prof Lilian Salami said “I think they have tried as much as possible, to proffer some solutions so that we can begin to look at our education from a different angle and not where it is today”.

Unions Protest Suspension Of UNN Pro Chancellor

The entire academic community of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) emptied into the streets of the campus in protest of the suspension of the Chairman of the University Governing Council and Pro chancellor, Dr. Emeka Enejere.

The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Nsukka chapter, Dr. Ifeanyi Agada, who led the protest alongside the leadership of other academic trade unions, said the suspension was a display of intrigue, corruption, and abuse of office by the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike and the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie.

He stated that normalcy would never return to the university until the Pro chancellor was reinstated.

The joint action committee of trade unions accused the vice chancellor of the University of conniving with the supervising minister of education to suspend Dr. Enejere.

The unions including ASUU, Non-Academic Staff Union, (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) demanded the immediate and unconditional reinstatement of Enejere without which they would ground activities at the institution till further notice.

Marching from one end of the campus shouting slogans of resistance to intimidation, and never deterred by the heavy security presence, the unions challenged the education minister to explain the justification for suspending Dr. Enejere without reason, query, interaction or warning, wondering “why he is averse to civilized conduct in handling official matters in the education sector and why he wants to destroy the President’s transformation agenda”.

They also expressed bitterness over the administrative incompetence of the Vice Chancellor who they said must be sacked with immediate effect.

The union in their collective resolve maintained that normalcy will continue to elude the university until their demands are met. They encouraged each other to continue to manifest high sense of integrity, transparency and commitment to change the ugly face of the university.

Oyo Governor Ready To Cooperate With ICPC

The Oyo state Governor Abiola Ajimobi has expressed his readiness to cooperate with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in ensuring better governance in the state.

Governor Ajimobi called on Nigerians to see the role of the ICPC as complimentary and supportive of good governance.

He made the call while receiving the Chairman of ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta who paid him a courtesy call in his office in Ibadan.

Governor Ajimobi, while commending the performance of the ICPC in the areas of investigation, enforcement and prosecution of those involved in corrupt practices, said the agency had greatly assisted in improving system development and restructuring for effective and efficient performance in governance.
Earlier in his address, the ICPC Chairman Mr. Ekpo Nta said his visit was aimed at opening up a wider corridor of collaboration with the Oyo state government to prevent corrupt practices among civil and public servants as the ICPC Act supports prevention, system review and studies.

Receiving the ICPC Chairman, the Oyo state Governor Abiola Ajimobi was glad that Mr. Ekpo Nta remembered his Alma Mata and gave back valuable inputs to develop St. Anthony’s Primary School Ibadan.

Gov. Ajimobi expressed his government’s readiness to work closely with the commission in its efforts at preventing any form of corrupt practice in his administration. He said that his administration would also collaborate with ICPC, especially in the areas of operational audit and how to improve the system of administration in the state.

The ICPC Chairman pledged his commission’s readiness to partner with Oyo State Government in its efforts at preventing corruption in the system, stressing that 50 per cent of the ICPC mandate had to do with prevention, system review and studies.

Nta also disclosed that the anti-corruption war in schools is being strengthened as civic and social studies have been made compulsory at primary and secondary school levels across the country.

Nta added that ICPC had concluded arrangement to review the entire Nigerian university system in collaboration with the National Universities Commission (NUC) to make studies in culture, tradition and values mandatory.

Anti graft agency to review Nigerian tertiary institutions

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has announced plans to embark on a system review of tertiary institutions in the country.

The decision was reached at a meeting between the leadership of ICPC and the National Universities Commission (NUC).

The review according to the commission is in line with Section 6 of the ICPC Act.

Acting chairman of the ICPC, Mr. Nta Ekpo said the review is aimed at identifying and correcting corruption-prone processes in the nation’s tertiary institutions.

Ekpo said preliminary investigations by the commission points towards utter disregard and failure of regulatory systems within the academic institutions which has allowed many forms of corruption.

He announced the increasing number of petitions from students, staff and other stakeholders in tertiary schools alleging all manners of corrupt practices. According to Ekpo, the investigation reveals the absence and failure of regulatory systems hence the need for the review.

He says the review will form policies and guidelines to improve the quality of service delivery in the various institutions. The ICPC boss however warns that after the exercise the commission will not fail to sanction any institution which falls short of the standards to be put in place.

Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Julius Okojie, who endorsed the exercise, however wants government to ensure that only qualified persons are included in the governing boards of these institutions as poor governance contributes to the challenges in the tertiary institutions.

Three universities have been shortlisted from the federal, state and privately owned universities to start the review. These include University of Nigeria Nsukka, Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago -Iwoye and Salem University in Kogi state.

House nullifies suspension of varsity licences by NUC

The House committee on Public Petitions has declared the suspension of the operational licence of Lead City University and others by the National Universities Commission (NUC) as null and void, ultra vires and of no effect.

Presenting its recommendations, Chairman of the Committee, Representative Uzo Azubuike, mandated the NUC not to take further steps that will in any manner interrupt the normal academic programmes and activities of the accredited courses of Lead City University and the others.

The report also mandated the commission to carry out a forensic audit on the affected universities and advice the government as required by Law.

The National University Commission (NUC) had claimed that the seven suspended private institutions will continue operations, but have been banned from admitting new students.

The deputy executive secretary of the commission, Mr Akinbode Agbaoye made the clarification in reaction to a petition filed by Lead City University at the hearing called by House of Representatives on Wednesday.

 

House wades into NUC’s suspension of seven universities licences

 An attempt by the House of Representatives Committee on Petitions to wade into the controversial suspension of licences of seven private universities by the National Universities Commission (NUC) today hit a brick wall.

The NUC had applied the big stick on seven private universities with the suspension of their licences for violating its guidelines on provision of facilities and academic programmes.

Despite several unanswered questions, the house committee told the petitioner, Lead City Univesity, that the public hearing would be postponed till tomorrow.

Several days after the national universities commission suspended the licences of seven private universities; the house committee on petitions has waded into the dispute between the universities commission and lead city university in Ibadan, Oyo state.

Chairman of House Committee on Petitions, Representative Uzo Azubuike, reminded the parties that the suspension of the universities, whose students are in various levels of their academic pursuits, may end up truncating their entire life ambitions.

Representative of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Akanbode Agbaoye, however declined to make any presentation insisting that they had not been served with any petition.

According to the NUC, the licenses were suspended because of the institutions’ non-compliance with NUC- regulations guiding the operations of universities, but the petitioner, claimed they were being victimized by the NUC.

With the refusal of the commission to defend the allegation the committee chairman adjourned the proceedings.

 

 

NUC suspends licences of Madonna and six other varsities

The body regulating the activities of tertiary institutions in Nigeria, the National Universities Commission (NUC), has suspended the operational licences of seven private universities for allegedly violating its guidelines in physical facilities and academic programmes.

Lead City, Caritas, Joseph Ayo Babalola, Tansian, Madonna, Achievers and Obong are the affected institutions.

The Director of Press and Public Relations of NUC, Mallam Ibrahim Yakassai, confirmed this in a telephone interview with a national daily.

A top source, who pleaded anonymity, said the decision to suspend the operational licences of the affected universities was due to their non-compliance with the regulations guiding the operations of universities in the country as stipulated by the NUC.

“The operators of the universities affected know their offences because so many times, we have informed them about their failings but they did not take necessary steps to address their shortcomings. Anyway, It’s just a suspension and it will be lifted as soon as they do the correct things,” the source said.

This suspension comes weeks after the suspension of part time programmes in tertiary institutions all over the country.