NUC and JAMB to monitor admission process of state universities

The National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) have decided to embark on a monitoring visit to state-owned universities to ensure compliance with admission regulations.

The Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, who disclosed this at a meeting of stakeholders in Abuja, said the monitoring would begin soon.

The visit, he explained is to “assess the level of compliance with NUC’s approved admission quota and qualification of new entrants into the universities, among other tasks”, adding that the visit would address the issue of enrolment, which had led to overstretching of facilities.

According to him “in spite of the guidelines, many universities still exceed the approved quota, thereby impeding the delivery of quality education in the Nigeria university system.’’

He also alleged that some students were admitted without meeting the requirements, while some state universities violate the operational guidelines and procedures on the system.

He however noted that the NUC and JAMB have a very rigorous task to perform and would not relent in their efforts at stemming anomalies in the system, as he urged the officials to exhibit a high sense of responsibility in the course of the assignment.

Prof Okojie also stated that the university commission has introduced an admission quota appropriate for each university based on its carrying capacity.

The Acting Director, Inspection and Monitoring in NUC, Mrs. Hansatu Abechi, said one of the objectives of the visit was to ascertain that all students were admitted through JAMB.

“The visit is also to determine the number of students admitted and how many matriculated as well as determine other channels, like from foundation, preliminary and remedial, for admitting students” she said.


Nigeria’s Vision 202020 dream is an illusion–ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said Nigeria’s aim to become one of the top 20 economies in the world  by 2020 will remain an illusion if the nation’s tertiary education is not overhauled. 

In a statement on Monday signed by its National President, Dr. Nasir Isa, ASUU noted that,“unless something drastic and fundamental is done about the universities where those who drive the other levels of education are produced” the Vision 202020 is far-fetched .

Reacting to the recent release of funds by TETFUND to some universities, the academic body of lectures noted “the intervention of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) were beginning to make a difference on university campuses” but added that “TETFUND, as an intervention agency, was not conceived of, and should not be a replacement for government shelving its responsibility on adequate funding of its universities.”

The statement further allege that, “for five months, following the resolution of the dispute between ASUU and the Government on the need to address the rot in Nigerian universities as a matter of urgency, reliable scientific data have been obtained from the universities.”

“Accordingly, ASUU expects the Federal Government to release urgently the agreed N100billion special intervention for sole purpose of addressing some of the prioritized needs immediately the Needs Assessment Report is released.”

ASUU also called on the federal government not to renege on the release of additional N400billion subsequently for the next two years as agreed with the body.

Meanwhile, the union has alleged that state governors posed the biggest problem to state universities in Nigeria today.

ASUU claimed that most governors have turned universities into “appendages of their offices and extension of personal estates.”

It claimed the governors manipulate the system, disregard university laws and show outright discontent for what universities stand for.