By Dayo Adesulu
IF you think the National Universities Commission, NUC, law that prohibits satellite campuses in Nigeria affects the Ekiti State University, EKSU, in Lagos, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Samuel Oye Bandele who matriculated 862 at the College of Education, Ijanikin, Lagos, has said that EKSU is an affiliate, not a satellite campus.
According to him, an affiliate school is different from a satellite campus as seen in many parts of states. He explained: ‘’There is a difference between satellite and affiliate programme. What you call affiliate exists in an established institution; the colleges of education are already established institutions and they collaborate to run your programme on their campuses. University College, Ibadan affiliating with University of London, is a clear example. US university can affilliate with our universities in Nigeria to run their programme. They may not come here, all they need do is to give their programme and standard to their affiliate institution. It is acceptable internationally all over the world. It is different from satellite programmes under mushroom building running degree programmes with NUC accreditations.”
While addressing the matriculating students, Bandele said: “I particularly congratulate the matriculated students on this special occasion, which marks your full acceptance into the membership of Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, for being very fortunate to be part of 862 candidates admitted out of many candidates who struggled for admission into this citadel of learning.”