The Federal Government has expressed concern over the recent upsurge of illegal tertiary institutions and has ordered the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Commission for Colleges of Education and other regulatory agencies to crack down on the illegal institutions.
Malam Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, while speaking at the Weekend Ministerial Press Briefing in Abuja, made it known that about 66 illegal institutions have been identified by the NUC.
He also said that the ban on satellite campuses was still in force and advised all universities and other tertiary institutions to ensure compliance as certificates obtained from such institutions would not be recognized for the purpose of employment or admission for further studies.
The Minister regretted that only thirty percent of candidates who sit for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Examination (JAMB) qualifying examination, get placement in the available spaces in the tertiary institutions in the country.
He added that the remaining seventy percent struggle each year to find placement, saying most of this unfortunate Nigerians end up being cheated by the promoters of these illegal institutions in Nigeria and some other neighboring countries.
Adamu said that four major factors were responsible for the recent upsurge in the number of illegal providers of degree-awarding institutions, saying greed, fraud and endemic corruption in the society ranked higher in the ladder.
I am Olamide George Nneka, a graduate of Mass Communication from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria. Reach me via firstname.lastname@example.org