The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, yesterday hinted that some private universities were aiding academic corruption and decadence in the country.
Oloyede at the opening ceremony of a two-day summit on Nigerian private universities in Abuja, themed, “Private University Education Delivery in Nigeria; Challenges and Opportunities,” organized by the National Universities Commission.
He said, “The government opened up the space a few years ago for private operators to come and complement government’s efforts at 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.”
In his remarks, the NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said the commission was currently processing about 303 new applications for the establishment of new private universities in the country.
“Also, 208 out of the 303 applications are already on Step 3 in the processing of their applications, while 63 applicants are in Step 6, having submitted their completed application forms and strategic documents and are awaiting the first verification visit,” Rasheed added.