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NUC exposes illegal universities



The National Universities Commission (NUC) Wednesday exposed three illegal degree-awarding universities in the country.

The universities are Nobel International Business School (NIBS) in Lagos State; Copperstone University, UPTA, USA, operating in Bayelsa State; and Pathfinder University, Jos (College of Theology and Development Studies).

The NUC made this known in an advert placed in some national newspapers on Wednesday.

In the advert signed by its Director of Public Affairs, Ibrahim Yakassai, the commission alerted the public to the illegal operations of the institutions. It said all certificates obtained from them will not be recognised or acceptable in Nigeria for the purposes of employment or further studies.

The commission said the proprietors and promoters of the illegal degree institutions must close down their illegal activities within 30 days.

The commission also directed the illegal institutions to submit their notice of compliance within the stated period or face the consequences of their illegal operation.

“For the avoidance of doubt, all the three institutions above are not known to the National Universities Commission which is the sole regulatory agency for all categories of degree-awarding institutions in Nigeria and any Cross Border education model operating in Nigeria,” the advert reads.

The illegal universities are:

  1. Nobel International Business School (NIBS), Lagos published an advertorial in the Guardian newspaper of Monday, July 22, seeking applicants for Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and Doctor of Business Leadership (DBL).

It gave its address as 11B Fatai Arobikeke, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. It also claims to be in partnership with Swiss, Frankfort as MAN.

According to NUC, further investigations revealed that NIBS also claimed to be a university in Ghana and located at Plot 2 Arko close, off Nelson Mandela Avenue, near Food and Drugs Authority, Gulf House, South Legon.

  1. Copperstone University, UPTA, USA operates in Bayelsa State at DEE-PEE Plans, OppositeSalvation Ministry, Azikiwe Junction, P.M.B 1841, Yenogoa, Bayelsa State.

NUC said it is in possession of the illegal university’s fliers and pamphlets seeking applicants for Masters of Science (MSc) or PhD in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation/Criminal Intelligent or Security Management Programme, 2019.

3.Pathfinder University, Jos, Nigeria, College of Theology and Development Studies is operating at No. 1Da Davon Dawah Street, Opp Zumji Event Centre Gate, Chongo-Pyeng, Sabon Event Centre Gate, Chongo- Pyeng, Sabon Barki B/stop, Bukuru Express Way, Jos South L.G.A, Plateau State Nigeria.

NUC said it is in possession of posters advertising the 4th Convocation Ceremony/induction into Doctorate Fellowships which purportedly took place on July 13 at the Berom Outreach Ministries along Yakubu Gowon Way beside Uma Bread, Sabon-Barki, Jos, Plateau State.

The commission said the poster contained the photograph of the Founder/Chancellor, Felix Obajafa.

NUC said the activities of universities violate the Education National Minimum Standards and Establishment of Institutions) Act Cap E3 2004, an Act which similarly mandates NUC to close down all unapproved degree-awarding institutions.

TIMELY POST recalls that the commission had released the list of 58 illegal universities in Nigeria in 2018.

The commission also confirmed to this paper in 2018 that a former senator, Foster Ogola’s, Phd certificate is invalid; as the institution he attended was among the illegal universities.

An investigation revealed that the senator, who represented Bayelsa West senatorial district, has fake credentials from an unaccredited university in Nigeria named GMF Christian university.

The National Universities Commission of Nigeria is a government agency promoting quality higher education in Nigeria.

The commission is saddled with the responsibility of granting approval for all academic programs run in Nigerian universities and granting approval for the establishment of all higher educational institutions offering degree programmes.

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Age barrier: JAMB tells candidates what to do



The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Saturday advised candidates of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to always read and strictly adhere to instructions contained in the examination brochure before registering for the examinations.

The board’s Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Fabian Benjamin, gave the advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja.

Benjamin spoke to NAN against the backdrop of concerns being raised by the public on the fate of some candidates who sat and passed the UTME with high scores, but were not sure of their plight as they did not meet the age requirement.

NAN reports that one Ekele Franklin, a 15-year-old candidate, who reportedly scored the highest at the 2019 UTME, but who may not be offered admissions into University of Lagos (UNILAG), his choice of institution, because of his age, is one of such examples.

According to Benjamin, the board, in its examination brochure, states the age limit for admissions into tertiary institutions in the country, but because candidates hardly read the item, fall victims to the unfortunate circumstance.

“Although universities have different requirements for entries into their institutions, where some may be stern with the age limit, others may be flexible.

”Some schools will never admit one who is not up to the required age into their institutions, even after scoring high marks in the UTME and other examinations.

“It is not peculiar to Nigeria alone, it happens in other countries too,” he said.

Benjamin therefore urged prospective UTME candidates to be cautious and become acquainted with, as well as follow all the instructions stated in the procedure so as not to fall into problems.

He also said that admissions process for the 2019/20 would commence on Wednesday, Aug. 21, as the board was working tirelessly to ensure a smooth process.

Meanwhile,JAMB, on Friday disclosed the result cancellation of another candidate of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.

JAMB said the candidate, Kingsley Unekwe’s result was canceled because he altered his score.

Addressing reporters Abuja, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede said 18-year-old Unekwe was caught inflating his original UTME score from 201 to 269.

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JAMB cancels UTME result of another candidate, gives reasons



The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has disclosed the result cancellation of another candidate of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.

JAMB said the candidate, Kingsley Unekwe’s result was canceled because he altered his score.

Addressing reporters on Friday in Abuja, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede said 18-year-old Unekwe was caught inflating his original UTME score from 201 to 269.

Oloyede said the discovery was made when Unekwe and his mother appeared before some officials of the board in Abuja.

The JAMB Registrar also disclosed that the boy would be handed over to security agencies for prosecution.

According to Oloyede: “Anybody who does post-result infraction will have their results withdrawn by the board.

“You are the fifth person. Two of them are already being prosecuted because we showed them clearly that they forged their results to deceive their parents who are desperate like your parents are to study medicine.

“We will prosecute you for attempting to damage the image of the board. We told your father that we have all the facts, if we find out that the facts are not correct you will be prosecuted.”

The 18-year-old becomes the fifth person whose UTME result was withdrawn and canceled by the board.

Oloyede said the boy edited the original score allocated to him by the board and presented it to his parents as the original result, adding that Unekwe’s parent had called the board, alleging irregularities in their son’s result.

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NITDA, TETFUND seek technologies for quality education



Nigeria’s information and technology agency, NITDA, in collaboration with the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), seek to provide emerging technologies in tertiary institutions, to improve the quality of education in Nigeria.

Speaking at the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), on Friday, the Director General NITDA, Isa Pantami, said the technologies are important and strategic.

“We are talking about emerging technologies and digitalisation, no longer computers because this is what education requires,” he said.

He appealed to TETFUND to pay more attention to information technology in their intervention across institutions.

The technology boss said this will improve the quality of education given to Nigerian students.

Recall that the IT agency had outlined five new regulatory instruments for the improvement of the Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT) in Nigeria.

The regulatory instruments will promote indigenous innovations.

They hope to address various challenges facing Nigeria towards effective ICT adoption.

The NITDA boss said with the presence of digitalisation, there will be less need for physical classrooms in various institutions in Nigeria.

On his part, the Executive Secretary TETFUND, Suleiman Bohoro, said the issue of emerging technologies is one the most important activities of digital inclusion.

Bohoro said there are a number of emerging solutions that are creative and makes learning easier.

“Without the role of IT, there will not be knowledge of the economy,” he said. “This project will go a long way in checking plagiarism in various institutions.”

Below are the areas of cooperation between the Technology and Education agencies.

1.IT infrastructure and development in tertiary institutions- This will help in deployment of information in the institutions.

  1. Human capacity development in tertiary institutions- This is to support training and development of human capacity for Nigeria especially in tertiary institutions in identified areas of critical information technology skills and emerging technologies.
  2. Development of emerging technologies in tertiary institutions.
  3. Digitalisation of services in tertiary institutions: This is towards the improvement of the learning and teaching environment.

5.Project management in tertiary institutions: This is the development of ICT platforms and capacity in the area of management of project in tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

  1. IT academy deployment in tertiary institutions: This is the provision of local sources for the development of a specialized information technology academy to sustain the development.
  2. ICT policy development in tertiary institutions: This is to support the development of standard ICT policy and framework.
  3. Emerging technologies and deepening of research and development in tertiary institutions.

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