The Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Is-haq Oloyede on Monday lamented that the private universities are aiding academic corruption and decadence in the country.
Oloyede who spoke in Abuja at the opening ceremony of a two-day summit on Nigerian private universities themed, “Private University Education Delivery In Nigeria; challenges and opportunities,” said private university operators are going against many laws guiding university operations in Nigeria.
According to him, “Government opened up the space few years ago for private operators to come complement government effort in providing university education to Nigerians, but it seems like the aim is gradually being defeated. When you visit some private universities, you will be ashamed for Nigeria. From the structures, you will know that something is wrong. If you take a deeper look, you will discover more decadence and rot in their operations. Some of the proprietors choose to run the universities like a family business and it ought not to be so.”
The JAMB registrar stressed that only the Vice Chancellor is recognised by law as being in charge of day-to-day running of the university, while every other person with ceremonial titles play supportive roles. “If I were to be university proprietor, I will prefer to take the position of Chairman of the Council because of the control power attached to that office.”
Presenting a lead paper on the topic, ‘Regulating private universities Education Delivery in Nigeria: The Role of National Universities Commission, The executive secretary of NUC, Professional Abubakar Adamu Rasheed said the Commission is currently processing about 303 new applications for the establishment of new private universities in Nigeria to upgrade standard of education in Nigeria
According to him, “There are currently processing 303 applications for the establishment of private universities in the Commission. They are received from group of individuals, corporate organization/foundations and faith-based organizations from all over the country.”
“Two hundred and eight (208) out of the 303 applications representing you.6r% of the applicants, are on step 3 in the processing of their applications, 63 applicants representing 20.79% of the total applicants, are on step 6 having only submitted their completed application forms and strategic documents and are waiting first verification visit, while 30 applicants, representing 9.9% are on step 8 and have had first verification visit conducted to their proposed university campuses. 2 applicants, representing 0.66% have attained step 10 and the second verification visit have been conducted for them,” he said.
The Minister of education, Malam Adamu Adamu, represented by the permanent secretary of the Ministry, Architect Sunny Echono said that running a private University is very serious business which requires great discipline.
He urged private universities to address the major challenges militating against their operation, which according to him, are the issue of staffing, poor or non implementation of university governance arrangement, excessive proprietor influence, inadequate funding among others.