Stiffer sanctions underway for erring varsities

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ADO-EKITI – National Universities Commission (NUC) says stiffer sanctions are underway for  any  university that fails to meet required standard.
Executive Secretary of commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, gave warning in Ado-Ekiti,  on Tuesday at the opening of the 29th Conference of the Association of  Vice-Chancellors of  Nigerian Universities.
He said such new sanctions would shift from mere blacklisting to  denial of course accreditation and  withdrawal of recognition.
According to him, new order will also affect institutions owned by and  Federal Government.
Okojie said the need to sanitise the university system without bias had become if  it  must remain relevant to the development of the nation.
The NUC boss charged each university to run only courses  where it has  comparative advantage and  capable of solving the challenges of the 21st Century.
He said officials of the inspectorate division of the commission would intensify assessment visits to all universities to determine standards and abilities to deliver on courses they advertise.
Chief Afe Babalola,  the founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), the  host of  the five-day conference, urged  the NUC to review the laws which established the commission in order to ensure  effective control of universities.
 Babalola said the new NUC must empower it not only to close down erring  universities but also empower it to confiscate .
Afe Babalola  also urged the Federal Government to urgently convey an  summit  to address the problems hindering provision of  quality .
He also called for curriculum autonomy which would make each university run causes according to its ability to fund them.
Also speaking, Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of State,  who the  Special Guest of  Honour,  called for synergy between all tiers of government and proprietors of universities.
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, who  declared  the conference , urged universities   to prioritise  the acquisition of knowledge so as to make them real centres of excellence.
Earlier, Prof. Joseph Ajienka , the of  the Conference of Vice-Chancellors,  had appealed to the Federal Government to focus  on the  development of the sector  in its  transformation agenda.  (NAN)
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