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.

 

NUC claims suspended varsity can continue operations but not admit

The National University Commission (NUC) has 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.

At the resumed public hearing of the House Committee on Public Petitions, Mr Agbaoye explained that the NUC has cleared two of the suspended universities after they produced the required documents.

He added that the NUC will embark on forensic audit of the remaining institutions on the 19th of July.

The body regulating the activities of tertiary institutions in Nigeria, suspended the operational licenses of seven private universities for allegedly violating its guidelines in physical facilities and academic programmes.

In the charged atmosphere during the hearing, the chairman of the House Committee on Public Petitions, Representative Uzo Azubuike sought to know why the regulatory body did not embark on the forensic audit to resolve issues, before announcing a full suspension of the schools operational licence.

The NUC official explained that announcing the suspension of the seven private universities did not imply that the schools would be shut down.

The petitioner, Lead City University however was far from satisfied with the explanation especially with the de-accreditation of the law faculty of the private institution.

Mr Agbaoye however responded that the school’s law faculty remain unaccredited as he explained that the initial accreditation was erroneously approved.

The NUC noted that it is not interested in killing any university but described the petitioners as recalcitrant and a serial offender.

It also accused Lead City University of running post graduate programmes without approval.

As the House of Representatives has lined-up the issue to be debated, students of the affected universities are hoping that the dispute will be quickly resolved by the federal lawmakers.

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.