Ado-Ekiti - The National Universities Commission (NUC) says stiffer sanctions are underway for any university that fails to meet the required standard.
The Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, gave the warning in Ado-Ekiti, on Tuesday at the opening of the 29th Conference of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities.
He said such new sanctions would shift from mere blacklisting to denial of course accreditation and withdrawal of recognition.
According to him, the new order will also affect institutions owned by states and the Federal Government.
Okojie said the need to sanitise the university system without bias had become necessary if it must remain relevant to the development of the nation.
The NUC boss charged each university to run only courses where it has comparative advantage and capable of solving the challenges of the 21st Century.
He said officials of the inspectorate division of the commission would intensify their assessment visits to all universities to determine their standards and their abilities to deliver on courses they advertise.
Afe Babalola, the founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), the host of the five-day conference, urged the NUC to review the laws which established the commission in order to ensure effective control of universities.
Babalola said the new NUC law must empower it not only to close down erring universities but also empower it to confiscate their properties.
The 29th edition of the conference has as theme: “Pathway to sustainable education in Nigeria."
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