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Stiffer sanctions underway for erring varsities


ADO-EKITI – The National Universities Commission (NUC) says stiffer sanctions are underway for  any  university that fails to meet the required standard.
The Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, gave the 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, the new order will also affect institutions owned by states and  the Federal Government.
Okojie said the need to sanitise the university system without bias had become necessary 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 their assessment visits to all universities to determine their standards and their 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 law must empower it not only to close down erring  universities but also empower it to confiscate their properties.
Afe Babalola  also urged the Federal Government to urgently convey an  education summit  to address the problems hindering provision of  quality education.
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 Ondo State,  who was 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 open, urged universities   to prioritise  the acquisition of knowledge so as to make them real centres of excellence.
Earlier, Prof. Joseph Ajienka , the Chairman of  the Conference of Vice-Chancellors,  had appealed to the Federal Government to focus  on the  development of the education sector  in its  transformation agenda.  (NAN)
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