NUC flays proliferation of under-funded private institutions
• Almakura sacks Nasarawa poly rector, registrar, bursar
The National Universities Commission (NUC) has condemned the proliferation of under-funded private universities in the country.The NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, spoke yesterday in Abuja yesterday when the Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, visited him.
According to him, many existing private universities not only lack adequate funding, but also due respect for laid down rules and regulations.
He said it was important that the rules be followed to ensure sanity in the opening of private universities.
The NUC boss acknowledged that private institutions had opened admission space for the growing number of candidates in the country.He lamented that only about 500,000 candidates secure admission, out of about 1.5million candidates who sIT for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) every year.
He said: “The NUC welcomes any serious initiative from government and individuals who are willing to establish universities to create more space for candidates.”
Rasheed disclosed that the commission had sent a proposal for the establishment of seven new private universities to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for approval.
The governor led a delegation to the commission’s headquarters to seek recognition for the Gombe State University of Science and Technology.He lauded the governor’s efforts in the development of the education sector, adding that Nigeria could only survive when emphasis is laid on knowledge, instead of mineral resources.
Dankwambo explained that the bill establishing the university was signed in August 2017, to redirect the minds of the youths to education.Meanwhile, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, of Nasarawa State has sacked the Rector of the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Silas Gyar, over an alleged fraud.The Bursar, Abdullahi Akyo and the Registrar, Labani Joseph Dio, were also relieved of their posts.
The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr. Wakheel Muktar, confirmed this yesterday in Lafia in a telephone conversation with our correspondent.The governor hinted that a fact-finding committee would be set up to investigate the tertiary institutions in the state to unearth allegations of corruption.
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