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Stick to your mandates, government warns specialised varsities

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Education Minister, Malam Adamu Adamu

Education Minister, Malam Adamu Adamu

The Federal Government has directed all specialised universities to stick to their core mandates and desist from running programmes that have no bearing to their foundation.

Specialised universities are set up to pursue specific courses and programmes to steer the need of manpower in a particular sector of the economy. Some of these specialised institutions include universities of agriculture, universities of technologies and universities of medicine.

In a statement yesterday in Abuja, government observed that these institutions have derailed from their statutory responsibility thereby running programmes that are antithetical to their mandates.

“Government noted the unfortunate situation where universities of agriculture offer programmes in law, management courses such as accounting, banking and finance, business administration among others. Some institutions change the nomenclature of some of the course to read for instance banking engineering, accounting technology among other names. This is an aberration and should be stopped with immediate effect

‘’In view of this ugly development, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has directed the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to delete all such courses on its portal and all candidates desirous of sitting for the 2017 UTME are advised not to be hoodwink into such programmes as they are illegal and are not provided for in our brochure.

“Again the board will want to state that it has not commenced the sales of the 2017 UTME application documents. Candidates are urged to exercise patience as the board is putting final preparations towards commencing the sales.


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