About 100 Fake Professors Uncovered In Nigerian Universities – NUC

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) says it has uncovered about 100 fake professors in universities across the country.

This was credited to the Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, in a bulletin published by the commission in November.

Professor Rasheed made the disclosure at the annual retreats for Vice-Chancellors of all universities in the country which held between October 28 and November 5 at the NUC Headquarters in Abuja.

He explained that the fake professors’ details were posted on the commission’s website, forcing it to send the names to the various universities for verification.

The NUC scribe urged the vice-chancellors to delegate desk officers to check the list of professors in their respective universities before uploading the same on the provided website.

He, however, commended them for their cooperation with the NUC Strategy Advisory Committee (STRADVCOM) which published the Directory of Full Professors in the Nigeria University System (NUS and Statistical Digest of the NUS 2017-2018, among others.

Professor Rasheed announced that the updated version of those documents would be published by December 2019, adding that the essence was to make the NUS very visible both locally and internationally.

He gave assurance that the statistical digest would be updated every first quarter of the year.

Stressing that the fight against fake professors was a collective responsibility, he asked the vice-chancellors to make sure they have accurate statistics of staff, students, and other components in their respective universities off-hand.

He revealed that a lot of anomalies were found in private universities, including the issue of someone who had barely taught for two years being awarded professorship.

Consequently, the NUC scribe appealed to the vice-chancellors to notify the commission about any fake professor in their respective universities and their environs.

He thanked them for compelling professors in the irrespective universities to upload their curricula vitae on the website which was used in the compilation of the directory of full professors in the Nigeria University System (NUS) and had helped in identifying the fake professors.

The retreat was organised in three separate meetings with federal, state and private universities’ vice-chancellors respectively.

It was aimed at rubbing minds with the university bosses on their responsibilities in the NUS, as well as discussing their challenges with a view to addressing and finding solutions to them.

The NUC scribe assured vice-chancellors of federal universities that the government would continue to ensure that technocrats and elder statesmen were appointed as Chairmen and Pro-Chancellors of Governing Councils of federal universities.

There Is Lot Of Rot In The Education System – FG

Professor Abubakar Rasheed, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC)

 

The Federal Government has decried the level of examination malpractise, saying that there is a lot of rot in the nation’s education system.

Professor Abubakar Rasheed, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), made this known in Abuja on Saturday.

While unveiling the re-modelled headquarters of the Joint Admissions and the Matriculation Board (JAMB), he commended “the demonstration of integrity and transparency exhibited by board.”

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“The outcome of the exercise (JAMB) has revealed that there is a lot of rot in the education system. Sadly, the youths that should be the hope of the future of the country are deeply involved in the cankerworm of examination malpractice.

“However I am happy that the JAMB has again led in the sanitation exercise of the registration process of public examination,” he stated.

He however maintained that that the rot in the education system must not be allowed to continue.

NUC Asks EFCC To Check Activities Of Illegal Universities

NUC Asks EFCC To Check Activities Of Illegal Universities
L-R: NUC Executive Secretary, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, and EFCC Acting Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu, at the EFCC head office in Abuja on April 10, 2018.

 

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has called for the intervention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in checking the activities of fraudsters operating illegal universities in the country.

Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, made the call on Tuesday during a visit to the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, at the commission head office in Abuja.

In a statement by the spokesperson for the EFCC Wilson Uwujaren, Professor Rasheed sought the assistance of the anti-graft agency in creating an atmosphere for a corrupt free university system.

As part of a collaborative effort in the fight against corruption, the NUC boss presented a draft curriculum of a course in Cyber Security and Forensic Science to the commission.

He also commended the anti-graft agency for its efforts in riding Nigeria of corruption and urged it not to relent in its drive.

In his response, Mr Magu thanked Professor Rasheed for the draft curriculum on the anti-corruption course and promised that the Commission would study it and make the necessary input for its effective take off.

He also assured the NUC boss that the EFCC would go after fraudsters operating illegal universities in the country.

The EFCC boss lauded the visit saying, “EFCC cannot claim ownership of the achievement recorded; the credit goes to every Nigerian who supports the fight against corruption”.

 

FEC Approves Establishment Of Six New Private Universities

The Federal Executive Council has approved the establishment of six new private Universities in Nigeria.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed this on Wednesday at the end of the FEC meeting which held inside the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as President Muhammadu Buhari paid a two-day working visit to Kano State.

According to Mr Adamu, the approval was part of steps taken to enable the National Universities Commission (NUC) ensure maximum supervision of universities across the country.

“The Ministry of Education presented a memorandum to the Federal Executive Council on the establishment of six new private universities, and it has been approved,” he said.

“The issue of quality assurance, issue of standard, and the issue of accreditation will be looked into very seriously.”

The newly-approved universities include Admiralty University, Ibusa, Delta State; Spiritan University, Nneochi, Abia State; and Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Others are Pamo University of Medical Sciences, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Atiba University, Oyo State; and Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences, Lagos.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, also briefed reporters on steps taken by the Council to resolve long fuel queues across the country.

Mr Mohammed said the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has been issued a marching order to end the queues before the end of the week.

 

He also explained that Dr Kachikwu was absent at the press briefing because he was attending another crucial meeting in line with the directive to end the fuel queues.

The minister said that government was never planning to increase the pump price of petrol at any time and would never support any such move.

“The government has no intention at all to increase the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS),” Mr Mohammed said.

NUC Upgrades MAPOLY To University Of Science, Technology

NUC Upgrades MAPOLY To University Of Science, TechnologyThe National Universities Commission (NUC) has granted a certificate of operations to the Ogun State government for the upgrade of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta into Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology.

The Executive Secretary of the NUC, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, presented the institution’s recognition letter to the State Governor Ibikunle Amosun.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony on Monday in Abuja, Governor Amosun expressed delight at the progress and promised to make the school of global best standards.

In a related development, the Olabisi Onabanjo University, also in Ogun State, was rated the best state university in Nigeria for its sterling academic performances.

Plateau State University To Hold First Convocation

Plateau State University, ConvocationThe management of the Plateau State University has disclosed plans to hold the first convocation ceremony of the institution.

Twelve years after it was established, the institution revealed that it would graduate 344 students, out of which three are graduating with first class honours.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Danjuma Sheni, disclosed this while briefing reporters on activities preceding the first and second combined convocation ceremony.

Professor Sheni said that the school has gone through turbulent moments since its establishment, particularly with the suspension of academic activities in 2007 which he said impacted negatively on the growth and development of the institution.

He highlighted some challenges facing the institution, stressing the funding of the university as one of the major challenges.

The academic, however, noted that the government has been coming to their aid in the area of accreditation of courses by the National University Commission (NUC).

“Finance has been a major concern since funding of education is on the concurrent list but government has been supportive to meet accreditation requirements as well as payment of salary,” he said.

Two courses – Management Studies and Accounting – were fully accredited while 17 remaining courses were partially accredited by the NUC.

Nigeria Needs More Private Universities – NUC Exec Secretary

Nigeria Needs More Private Universities - NUC Exec SecretaryThe National Secretary of the Nigeria Universities’ Commission, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, says the country needs an influx of private universities in order for it to measure up to the level of other countries.

Prof Abubakar made this call while delivering a brief convocation lecture on “Higher Education and the Future of Private Universities in Nigeria “at the 6th convocation of the Fountain University, Osogbo on Saturday.

He pointed out that it is regrettable that a country, whose population currently stands at over 190 million people only has less than 200 universities, meaning each of the university would have to accommodate not less than 1.2 million students so as to fulfil its education responsibility, a situation which he says is responsible for many of the issues experienced in the education sector.

According to him, other countries around the world boast of an average number of 500,000 students to a University because they have enough institutions on ground.

Nigeria Needs More Private Universities - NUC Exec Secretary

He added that there are a number of individuals who had submitted proposals to commission the establishment of private universities in the country, putting the number of the proposal at no less than 300.

He called on the NUC to organise a private universities’ summit where pressing issues as to the efficient productivity of the schools would be discussed.

Nigeria Needs More Private Universities - NUC Executive SecretaryHe said, “A summit needs to be organised so that issues bordering on productivity and other related issues would be looked into.

“The country is awash with candidates who are seeking admission yearly. Only 20% of those who write UTME are admitted due to the non-availability of the facility to cater for them and except we encourage the establishment of more private universities, this backlog would continue to grow,” he said.

The Pro chancellor of Fountain University, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, who corroborated the NUC scribe, urged the graduands to be good ambassadors of the school.

“Our graduands have a duty to be good ambassadors and to be ready to add value to the world and especially Nigeria.

“Do not consider your first degree as the end of the race rather consider it a springboard for you to learn more. Do not get sick learning new things,” he said.

Nigeria Needs More Private Universities - NUC Exec SecretaryGovernor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state, in his remarks, challenged faith-based institutions to breed students who are excellent in learning and character.

He said universities are supposed to provide solutions to societal problems, observing that one of the major problems in the society is character.

The governor said education should go beyond the four walls of the classroom.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Abdullateef Usman, praised Prof Is-haq for his contribution to the infrastructural development of the university.

He announced the best graduating student to be Oni Omobukola Azizat, who garnered a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.83 from the department of Biochemistry and Nutrition.

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”.

Obong University VC Recommends Quarterly JAMB Exam

JAMB exam, JAMB, NUC, senate, Scratch Card, AmendmentThe Vice Chancellor of Obong University, Professor Udoudo Ekanemesang has called on the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to embark on quarterly conduct of its examination to give students seeking admission in Nigerian universities more opportunities.

Ekanemesang made this suggestion in a chat with journalists in Uyo.

He described the current post-UTME examination as a loophole for corruption that allows tertiary institution staff to admit preferred candidates by technically voiding the UTME scores.

Most institutions, he noted, have turned the exercise to a corrupt means of impoverishing innocent Nigerians.

“Something is wrong with our educational system and the way we conduct exams here. We give a child a single examination and his life depends on it, and this makes them to be desperate and involve in all manner of malpractices”, he said.

Professor Ekanemesang added that Nigeria needs to “change the system to give students seeking admission multiple chances by conducting examinations quarterly like in the United states America”.

Obong University is a private university in Akwa Ibom state.

ASUU Criticizes Amendment Of JAMB Act

ASUU, JAMB Act, amendmentThe Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has criticized the ongoing amendment of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board Act, describing the process as erroneous and capable of hindering the development of the universities.

The union also described the application of the Treasury Single Account on the universities as inimical to the wellbeing of the institutions.

The President of the ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, stated this at a press conference on the state of the nation in Abuja.

The union however okays the decision of the National University Commission (NUC) to scrap pre-degree and diploma courses from Nigerian universities.

Although ASUU is silent on whether it will embark on a nationwide strike or not, the leaders of the union said that they would network with other unions to see how best to engage the government on the issues they have raised.

The Nigerian Senate had on October 13, recommended the extension of the validity of JAMB examination results for three years from the date of the examination.

Federal lawmakers took this decision to amend the JAMB Act after the Chairman of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tetfund, Senator Jibrin Barua, read the report of the committee which was mandated to work on the act.

The Registrar of JAMB, Professor Ishak Oloyede, has also called on the Nigerian Senate to suspend the amendment of  the JAMB Act, explaining that the bill was a product of acrimony and if passed would be counter-productive.

3-Year Validity

The recommendations of the Senate committee include mandating a three-year validity period for JAMB results. This would ensure that a candidate who meets the requirements for admission and is duly qualified shall remain so qualified for three years.

The committee also recommended that a candidate awaiting admission shall be given preference in the succeeding year over fresh applicants who shall only become eligible when the backlog has been cleared.

The committee also recommended that the matriculation examinations conducted by the board shall be the sole examination required for admission and entry into all universities, polytechnics and colleges of education to the exclusion of any other institution or body.

The Senate approved all the recommendations.

JAMB Scraps Scratch Card Use, Seeks Suspension Of Act Amendment

JAMB, NUC, senate, Scratch Card, AmendmentThe Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has scrapped the use of scratch card for any of its transactions and services.

The Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, made the announcement in Abuja in a paper he delivered during a meeting of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities.

He described the practice as “archaic” and one that should be ended in order to move the agency forward.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, JAMB says it will now deploy the pin vending platform to check all forms of fraudulent practices which was prevalent with the use of scratch cards.

He explained: “The decision is as a result of its consistent subjection to fraudulent practices; the use of scratch cards is archaic and it is the aim of JAMB to also promote accountability in line with government’s zero tolerance for corruption.

“This new system will be accessible through the options of web payment, ATM issued cards (Visa, Verve and MasterCard), online quick teller, ATM payment, quick teller mobile application and Bank Branch case/card.”

Oloyede also suggested a return to the old practice which saw only serving vice-chancellors being made chairmen of the Governing Board of JAMB since the agency was a creation of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian universities.

This, he said, would “engender good synergies and harmonious relationship with a view to effectively delivering on its mandates” as he believed that the current setup has led to acrimony between tertiary institutions and JAMB.

Amendment Act

Prof Oloyede has also called on the Nigerian Senate to suspend the amendment of  the JAMB Act.

The Nigerian Senate had on October 13, recommended the extension of the validity of JAMB examination results for three years from the date of the examination.

Federal lawmakers took this decision to amend the JAMB Act after the Chairman of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tetfund, Senator Jibrin Barua, read the report of the committee which was mandated to work on the act.Is-haq-Oloyede---JAMD-Register

Oloyede has now explained that the bill was a product of acrimony and if passed would be counter-productive.

“An appeal has been made to the National Assembly to suspend the process of the amendment to allow the Board and tertiary institutions, including the Federal Ministry of Education and other stakeholders to go back to the roundtable for discussion at a conducive atmosphere, as all agreed to work together for the benefit of the Nigerian child,” the statement said.

3-Year Validity

The Senate committee recommended that a candidate who meets the requirements for admission and is duly qualified shall remain so qualified for three years.

The committee also recommended that a candidate awaiting admission shall be given preference in the succeeding year over fresh applicants who shall only become eligible when the backlog has been cleared.

The committee also recommended that the matriculation examinations conducted by the board shall be the sole examination required for admission and entry into all universities, polytechnics and colleges of education to the exclusion of any other institution or body.

The Senate approved all the recommendations.

Senate Recommends 3-Year Validity For Jamb Result

JAMB, NUC, senateThe Nigerian Senate has extended the validity of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination results for three years from the date of the examination.

Federal lawmakers took this decision to amend the JAMB Act during Thursday’s legislative proceedings.

The Chairman of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tetfund, Senator Jibrin Barua, read the report of the committee which was mandated to work on the act.

The committee recommended that a candidate who meets the requirements for admission and is duly qualified shall remain so qualified for three years.

The committee also recommended that a candidate awaiting admission shall be given preference in the succeeding year over fresh applicants who shall only become eligible when the backlog has been cleared.

The committee also recommended that the matriculation examinations conducted by the board shall be the sole examination required for admission and entry into all universities, polytechnics and colleges of education to the exclusion of any other institution or body.

The Senate approved these recommendations.