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Reps back NUC on suspended universities

By Favour Nnabugwu

ABUJA—House of Representatives’ Committee on Public Petition, has thrown its weight behind the National Universities Commission, NUC, over the suspension of the licences of six private universities, but expressed fear over the effect on students of the institutions.

The House said in Abuja, yesterday, that the suspension of the six institutions would not affect academic programme of students.

Chairman of the committee, Mr. Uzo Azubike, supported NUC’s action at the public hearing in Abuja, yesterday, on the petition by Lead City University, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Azubike said the committee had been assured that the suspension of the licences of the six universities would not in any way disrupt the overall academic programmes of the institutions.

He said: “The suspension of the operating licences would not affect students currently undergoing studies in approved programmes in these universities.

“The immediate implication of the suspension, therefore, is the cessation of admission of new entrants into each of the affected universities.”

The lawmakers, however, expressed concern over the effect on students, saying “our worry is that with the level of insecurity in Nigeria, coupled with youth restiveness and terrorism, it may not be reasonable to push out the young men and women into the streets.

“We are equally worried about it because this is an exercise that affected seven institutions, and one had willingly approached NUC to find ways of resolving the crisis.”

Deputy Executive Secretary of NUC, Mr. Akinbode Agbaoye, said that the licences were suspended because of the institutions’ non-compliance with operational guidelines for the universities.

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