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NUC grants nine private varsities operational licence

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  • denies 11 universities full operational licence

The National University Commission NUC on Thursday granted permanent Operational Licensee to Nine private universities.

The Commission said the license followed the institutions’ full compliance with regulatory and accreditation guidelines.

This even, as NUC denied eleven private universities full operational license due to the affected institutions’ inability to meet up with accreditation requirements.

The universities that received full license includes; Caleb University, Salem University, Veritas University, Afe Babalola University, Godfrey Okoye University, Adeleke University, Western Delta University.

Also, Wesley University of Science,Landmark University, Rhema University, Samuel Adegboyega University,Paul University,Oduduwa University, Tanzania University, Baze University, Obong University, Achievers University and Well Spring University were among universities with two years extension.

At the ceremony on Thursday in Abuja, the NUC Executive Secretary Julius Okojie, who presented the licenses to the successful institutions’ Vice-chancellors.

Okojie noted that NUC denied eleven private universities full operational license due to the institutions inability to meet up with accreditation requirements.

“The Commission has given the eleven Universities extension of two years to re-access its staff strength to student ratio and its facilities in order to get full accreditation for all their programmes.

“Interim accreditation was given for 3years, then we visited and inspected the university`s facilities, staff quality and distributions especially in parameter structure,we also check the governance structure and requirements and the hectares of their land if its 100 hectares” he stated.

While answering the question raised by the Registrar of Rhema University, Emmanuel Doughdough on education fund and establishment of Education Development Bank, okojie said: “the establishment act of university Cap. E3 2004: federal government encourage private sector in establishment of universities and this law empowered the NUC to find out if there will be sustainance of fund for the aspired institution.

“The private universities can equally benefit from the government through its ACE programme. We have about three universities currently drawing from this Fund from World Bank for research development purposes” he added.

Responding on behalf of the nine Universities, the Vice Chancellor of Caleb University, Ayodeji Olukoju, said private universities is a way forward for Nigeria.

He said since interim licenses were offered the institutions had focused on academic programme development, system development and infrastructural development.

“Private University is presently contributing to National development”