By Chris Ochayi
The Executive Secretary ofÂ National Universities Commission, NUC,Prof Julius Okojie said that it would not accredit any universities operating on temporary site in the country.
He said this recently in Abuja at a one day seminar titled â€œthe Minimum Academic Standards and Benchmark Minimum Academic Standard.â€ He asked the management of universities operating on temporary sites to move to their respective permanent sites as the commission would not accredit any university operating on a temporary site.
Prof. Okojie noted that the commission would carry out accreditation of universities based on their structures this year and warned all operators of universities on temporary sites to move to their permanent sites or risk sanctions.
He also challenged universities to produce what he called mass of critical minded graduates that will take the nation to vision 2020.
According to him, there can be no accreditation of universities without minimum academic standard adding that many universities in the country are running most of their programmes at cross purposes.
In her welcome address, NUCâ€™s Director of Curriculum Development, Dr. Olamide Adesina noted that the commission remains the nationâ€™s quality assurance agency and regulatory body for university education in Nigeria charged to set minimum academic standard for all academic programmes in Nigerian universities and to accredit them.
She pointed out that the commission in 1989 developed minimum academic standard for all under-graduate programmes in Nigerian universities and has also gone ahead to review the standard documents in 2004 taking into consideration global and local developments then.
Dr. Adesina added that the product of the review is now referred to as benchmark academic standard which she noted is awaiting the approval of the Federal Executive Council after which it will be put into full use in all the nationâ€™s universities.