Poor funding is the main reason Nigerian universities are not ranked among the best in the world, Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, has said.
He however said the commission was planning to put in place stringent measures to curtail the proliferation of universities, especially by state governors and ensure adequate funding for universities.
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities has also lamented that teaching staff are taking over their jobs through the composition of committees by the university management where the teaching staff are made to head such committees.
The NUC executive secretary spoke in Abuja when the leadership of SSANU paid him a visit in his office, in Abuja, the NUC Executive Secretary advised the association to ensure that any time it was entering into any agreement with the Federal Government, such an agreement should be one that will be implementable.
Explaining why Nigerian universities were not among the highly ranked universities in the world, Prof Rasheed said funding had become a key challenge.
He said, “Once a university loses reputation, it has lost everything. The NUC may come up with stringent measures on establishing state universities because some of the state-owned universities are not well funded.”
He noted with regret that in a particular university in the South-South, the state government released to the management about N452 million to run the institution in the previous year, and later slashed the money the next year to N91 million, with a further slash to N40 million.
“I am not sure they are paying salary to staff regularly. Some private universities are sick already,” he said, pointing out that a particular private university had not paid salary to staff for one and half years.
On the concern raised by SSANU President, Comrade Mohammed Ibrahim, who led the delegation that state governors were proliferating universities as if it had become a constituency project, the NUC boss said the governors were interested in leaving a legacy but not investing in the established universities.
He, however, expressed optimism that the new NUC Act would give the commission more powers, unlike the existing one, adding that there should be a master plan to be submitted and approved by the commission before any new university was established.
He debunked the claim that some of the commissions set up by the NUC in the universities were dominated by teaching staff, against non-teaching staff.
Speaking earlier, SSANU President, Comrade Ibrahim, lamented that some of the jobs meant for non-teaching staff were being taken over by teaching staff.
He said the association believed in excellent service and doing things in the right way, adding that the voices of members of SSANU would only be heard when necessary.
He said, “Our members are becoming more and more troubled by the recent developments coming out of the university system. Our members’ jobs are being taken over by so many committees in the universities.
“There is the issue of non-payment of salaries, especially for our members in state universities. Some have not received salaries for up to six months, yet we hear that NUC is giving accreditation to new state universities.
“NUC should ensure that our members are not languishing in their offices. We are also disturbed over the negative development of nonuniformity in the conditions of service in the universities. This is happening to the morale of our members. We call for a uniform standard in the universities.”
UI Nigerian only varsity among global ranking
The University of Ibadan (UI)yesterday appeared in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), which was released on August 15.
The university was placed in the 800-901 band.
This year, Harvard University tops the ranking list for the 20th year.
Stanford University remains at the number 2 seat. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) rises one position to the number 3.
Other top 10 universities are Cambridge (4th), Berkeley (5th), Princeton (6th), Oxford (7th), Columbia (8th), Caltech (9th) and Chicago (10th).
FG, ASUU latest meeting flops, hope of strike call-off dashed again
Hope of ending a six-month old strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities this week was dashed on Tuesday as a meeting between the union’s leaders and the negotiation team of the Federal Government ended in a deadlock.
The ASUU President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, on Monday told Channels Television that the union would meet the Federal Government’s team and hinted about calling off the strike if the FG presented a reasonable proposal.
But he disclosed after Tuesday’s meeting that the FG team did not bring anything new to the table than making an appeal to call off the strike.
The meeting that took place at the National Universities Commission was headed by the Emeritus Professor, Nimi-Briggs.
“The meeting ended with no end in sight. There were no new matters to discuss”, a reliable source within the ASUU NEC was quoted by Punch in a report Tuesday night.
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, said the minister would brief the press on Thursday.
ASUU on Monday, February 14, 2022 commenced a strike to press home its demands
Nine varsities may lose 159 courses’ accreditation
The accreditation of no fewer than 159 undergraduate courses in nine federal universities across the country is set to expire in 2022 amidst the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, investigation by The PUNCH has revealed.
The nine universities include the University of Ilorin; University of Jos, Plateau; University of Calabar; Bayero University Kano; University of Benin, Edo; University of Lagos; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; and University of Ibadan.
The PUNCH reports that the National Universities Commission is the agency of the Federal Government in charge of accreditation of courses in Nigerian universities, and the commission is empowered by law to set minimum academic standards for universities and accredit their degree programmes.
This led to the preparation, with the use of experts, of the minimum academic standards for the 13 disciplines taught in Nigerian universities in 1989.
The disciplines are: Administration, Agriculture, Arts, Basic Medical Sciences, Education, Engineering and Technology, Environmental Sciences, Law, Medicine and Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sciences, Social Sciences and Veterinary Medicine.
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The 159 courses were all granted full accreditation by the NUC in 2017; a document of the accreditation result of the schools from 1990-2021, which was obtained from the NUC, has revealed.
For instance, at the University of Ilorin, the Department of Information and Communication Sciences was accredited in 2017, with the accreditation set to expire in 2022, making it the only course whose accreditation is set to expire.
For the University of Ibadan, the NUC data revealed that only the accreditation for Pharmacy expires in 2022.
The accreditation of 20 courses at the University of Jos is set to expire; while 31 courses including Public Administration, French, German, History, Linguistics, Yoruba and Medical Rehabilitation will be affected at the Obafemi Awolowo University.
Others are University of Calabar (15); Bayero University Kano (14); University of Benin (27); University of Lagos (27); Ahmadu Bello University (23).
Efforts to get the Executive Secretary, NUC, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, on Monday proved abortive as calls and messages sent to him remained unanswered as of the time of filing this report.
When asked if pre-accreditation and accreditation processes can commence despite the ongoing strike, the ASUU chairman of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Dr Gbolahan Bolarin, said, “Accreditation of courses cannot be done during strike. All activities are suspended.”
The PUNCH reports that pre-accreditation activities such as drawing up a list of academic programmes to be accredited; compilation of list of panel chairmen/members, time-tabling and budgeting and organising the accreditation coordination meeting for panel chairmen and members in a simulation workshop can occur.
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