Written by Godfrey AKON

NUC, NYSC publish list of illegal varsities soon

The National Universities Commission, NUC, says it is working with the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, to provide a comprehensive list of illegal universities operating in the country.

Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, stated this during a chat with newsmen in Abuja.

Rasheed said the illegal varsities with campuses across the country were running degree programmes for less than 3 years and scamming Nigerians.

While speaking on alleged fake professors in the university system, the NUC boss said the commission recently published a full directory of professors in the country’s university system, adding that in the process of validating them, some university senates uncovered a number of fake professors.

Rahseed also disclosed that over 61,000 lecturers were currently teaching in the country’s 174 universities, adding that only about 9,000 of them were professors.

He noted that the NUC, as part of the measures at repositioning our universities, recently verified and published a full directory of professors, during which it unearthed the fake dons.

 “In the process of validating the submissions, university senates have in some cases uncovered that quite a number of professors are either fake or are yet to mature to full professor.

“There have been massive reforms the commission initiated in the last three years, including curriculum re-engineering, the introduction of new programmes, unbundling of some programmes, research and innovation among others. These are all aimed at overhauling the Nigerian university system to bring it to 21st-century standard.

“It is absolutely untrue that the Federal Government had abrogated the catchment area as part of the criteria for admission into Nigerian universities.

“There are about 61,000 lecturers teaching in Nigerian universities while only about 9,000 of them are professors. Meanwhile, we express worries over the upsurge of illegal degree-awarding institutions,” he said.

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