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NUC plans audit of PG staff, students

04 December 2012, 16:05

Abuja - The National Universities Commission (NUC) says it will embark on an 'audit' of students and lecturers of post-graduate studies to sanitise the system.

The Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie, made this known on Tuesday in Abuja at the 25th anniversary ceremony of the Committee of Deans of Post-Graduate Schools (CDPGS).

Okojie said the NUC was responsible for ensuring the acceptance of the certificates issued by the country's universities, adding that there was a lot of rot in the system and the commission would not rest until it was cleansed.

He expressed dissatisfaction with the role of the judiciary and legislature in the development of the education sector.

``The system is so corrupt. Even those who do not have approval are running Ph.D programmes and there are professors who have never even supervised one student.

``People now go to court because a vice chancellor does not hail from the locality of the university,'' he said.

The executive secretary, who urged the academia to strive towards the pursuit of advanced knowledge no matter the age and level, noted that; ``It is a world of continuous learning, and so we must be ahead of our students''.

In his opening remarks, the Pro-Chancellor of University of Lagos, Mr Gamaliel Onosode, said that education should be seen as the sole responsibility of the government.

Onosode called on the Federal Government and other stakeholders to ``consider seriously their position on post graduate research and training in Nigerian universities in order to attain and maintain the aspirations of the education leaders who dream, pray and work for national development''.

He said the involvement of the organised private sector in this effort would contribute significantly to achieving sustainable national development.

He commended the NUC for introducing the Benchmark for Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) for post-graduate programmes ``which has provided a measure of quality control for the post-graduate programmes in our universities.

He urged the commission to sustain its interest in research through the Nigerian Universities Doctoral Theses Award Scheme, saying that it would enhance the quality of Ph.D degrees awarded by Nigerian universities.

Also speaking, the Chairman, Committee of Deans, Prof Atiku Yahaya, said the body had since its inception ensured continued collaboration with stakeholders in the education sector with a view to strengthening post-graduate education and research in Nigeria.

Yahaya paid glowing tributes to the founding fathers of the committee, saying that their selfless service and commitment as well as those of their successors ``contributed to making the committee to grow from strength to strength'.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the committee, which is celebrating the 25th anniversary in collaboration with the NUC, was established in 1987.


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