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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

NUC appoints Committee to Review Nigeria’s University system

The Nigerian Federal Government has named a former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Peter Okebukola, and former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, among members of a committee appointed to review the university system in Nigeria. 

The Executive Secretary, NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, made this known after he appeared before the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to defend the 2018 budget proposed by the commission.

“The NUC has constituted a high-powered committee of very credible senior academics. Most of the members of this small committee are former vice chancellors, former executive secretaries of the NUC and some had held positions like pro-chancellor, chairman of INEC and minister of education. We have given them a six-term reference to help us with repositioning Nigeria’s university system".

“One of the areas we want them to look at is the issue of post-graduate training and how to reform the training and produce good quality PhDs. How do we get to see that serious post-graduate students complete their studies within the normal period of three years? It could be less or more than three years but three years is the normal period across the world".

Prof. Abubakar Rasheed went further to state that “This committee has started working and it is under the chairmanship of Prof. Peter Okebukola, former Executive Secretary of NUC; with Prof. Attahiru Jega, former Vice-Chancellor and former Chairman of INEC, among others, as members. In the next six weeks, we should receive the first report which, among other things, will help us to advise the NUC on the best way to carry out our proposed curricular review in the county and to advise us on the ranking of universities".

“We always wake up every morning and see on the social media that the NUC has ranked (universities). The NUC has not ranked any university in several years. We have not done it, but people just sit down to create it.”

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