FG bans 57 illegal Universities, Sanctions Others


151112F1.Julius-OkojieIn its drive to rid the country of illegal universities, the National Universities Commission (NUC) has released a list of 57 illegal degree-awarding institutions operating in Nigeria and other campuses in the country.

The Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie maintained  that certificates obtained from the institutions would not be accorded recognition for the purpose of election, participation in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme and other important functions.

The commission has also begin investigation of over eight other illegal institutions, who are likely to face prosecution in court.

The ban by NUC was contained in the commission’s bulletin.
According to the NUC, the illegal fees and charges on subscribers by operators of the illegal institutions would also be recovered.

However,  NUC Head of Media/Information, Ibrahim Yakassai, said the commission had always devoted time to release the names of institutions operating illegally for the attention of the public for purposes of taking caution.

The 57 illegal universities include University of Accountancy and Management Studies, operating anywhere in Nigeria; Christians of Charity American University of Science and Technology Nkpor, Anambra State or any of its campuses; University of Industry, Yaba, Lagos or any of its other campuses; University of Applied Sciences and Management, Port Novo, Republic of Benin or any of its other campuses in Nigeria; Blacksmith University, Awka or any of its campuses; Volta University College, Ho, Volta Region, Ghana or any of its other campuses in Nigeria; Royal University Izhia, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State or any of its other campuses and Atlanta University, Anyigba, Kogi State or any of its other campuses.

Others include Sunday Adokpela University, Otada Adoka, Otukpo, Benue State or any of its other campuses; United Christian University, Macotis Campus, Imo State or any of its other campuses; United Nigeria University College, Okija, Anambra State or any of its other campuses; Samuel Ahmadu University, Makurdi, Benue State or any of its other campuses; UNESCO University, Ndoni, Rivers State or any of its other campuses; Saint Augustine’s University of Technology, Jos Plateau State or any of its other campuses; The International University, Missouri, USA, Kano and Lagos Study Centres, or any of its campuses in Nigeria; Columbus University, UK operating anywhere in Nigeria; Tiu International University, UK operating anywhere in Nigeria; Pebbles University, UK operating anywhere in Nigeria;  London External Studies UK operating anywhere in Nigeria; Pilgrims University operating anywhere in Nigeria; Lobi Business School Makurdi, Benue State or any of its campuses in Nigeria; West African Christian University operating anywhere in Nigeria; Bolta University College Aba or any of its campuses in Nigeria; JBC Seminary Inc. (Wukari Jubilee University) Kaduna Illegal Campus; Westlan University, Esie, Kwara State or any of its campuses in Nigeria; St. Andrews University College, Abuja or any of its campuses in Nigeria and EC- Council University, USA, Ikeja Lagos Study Centre.

The NUC also sanctioned Atlas University, Ikot Udoso Uko, Uyo Akwa Ibom State or any of its campuses in Nigeria; Concept College/University (London) Ilorin or any of its campuses in Nigeria; Halifax Gateway University, Ikeja or any of its campuses in Nigeria; Kingdom of Christ University, Abuja or any of its campuses in Nigeria;  Acada University, Akinlalu, Oyo State or any of its campuses in Nigeria; Fifom University, Mbaise, Imo State or any of its campuses in Nigeria; Houdegbe North American University Campuses In Nigeria;  Atlantic International University, Okija, Anambra State; Open International University, Akure; Middle Belt University (North Central University), Otukpo; Leadway University, Ugheli, Delta State; Metro University, Dutse/Bwari, Abuja; Southend University, Ngwuro Egeru (Afam) Ndoki, Rivers State; Olympic University, Nsukka, Enugu State; Federal College of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Abuja; Temple University; Irish University Business School London, operating anywhere in Nigeria; National University of Technology, Lafia, Nasarawa State and University of Accountancy and Management Studies, Mowe, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and its Annex at 41, Ikorodu Road, Lagos.

Others are the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana, operating anywhere in Nigeria; Cape Cost University, Ghana, operating anywhere inNigeria; African University Cooperative Development (AUCD), Cotonou, Benin Republic, operating anywhere in Nigeria; Pacific Western University, Denver, Colorado, Owerri Study Centre; Evangel University of America and Chudick Management Academy, Lagos; Enugu State University of Science and Technology (Gboko Campus); Career Light Resources Centre, Jos; University of West Africa, Kwali-Abuja, FCT; Coastal University, Iba-Oku, Akwa-Ibom State; Kaduna Business School, Kaduna and Royal University of Theology, Minna, Niger Delta.

The  eight universities currently undergoing investigations include National University of Nigeria, Keffi, Nasarawa State; North Central University, Otukpo, Benue State; Christ Alive Christian Seminary and University, Enugu and Richmond Open University, Arochukwu, Abia State.

They also include West Coast University, Umuahia, Abia State; Saint Clements University, Iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State; Volta University College, Aba, Abia State and Satellite Campuses of Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Edo State. -Thisday


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