As Five New Private Varsities Get Licences, Ogun Gets Two0
Five new private universities approved by the Federal Government received their provisional licences, paving way for their take-off.
Substantive licences would be issued after a three year probation period.
The universities are Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State; Evangel University, Akaeze, Ebonyi State; Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State; Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ajebo, Ogun State; and Southwestern University, Okun Owa, Ogun State.
Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i said the need to address the problem of inadequate access to university education is why universities owned by the private sector are a welcome initiative.
She however said government was addressing the issue of improving quality alongside expanding access.
She cautioned the universities against offering honorary degrees arbitrarily and not clearly distinguishing roles of the university management and Board of Trustees.
“I urge you to adhere strictly to the guidelines on the establishment of programmes, affiliations and commencement of postgraduate programmes in all your universities. All part time programmes are prohibited while professional programmes must await the maturity of their supporting programmes,” she said.
Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie urged the universities not to expand at a rate they cannot cope with as one of the private universities issued a license is on the brink of closure for failing to meet the requirements.
Source: Daily Trust (29 Feb, 2012)