The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Education, has ordered the arrest and prosecution of the promoters of illegal tertiary institutions in the country.
FG claims it has put the total number of unlicensed universities at 66 and that of the unlicensed polytechnics and colleges of education at 68.
According to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, the government would work with the relevant security agencies to crack down on all illegal tertiary institutions in the country so that admission seekers would not fall into wrong hands.
The Minister said that the institutions had no admission quota and ran unaccredited courses with practically no standards, in addition to their products being “half-baked and unemployable.”
“I use this opportunity to direct all regulatory agencies in the public education sector, namely, the National Universities Commission (NUC), the National Commission for Colleges of Education and the National Board for Technical Education to work with relevant security agencies to immediately crack down hard on all illegal institutions.
“The promoters of such institutions should immediately be apprehended and prosecuted. Let me warn that the days of treating those institutions with kid’s gloves are over. The process of accreditation of tertiary institutions has been streamlined and there is no reason, whatsoever, for any institution not to come forward for proper accreditation.
“The proliferation of these institutions has made up the job of regulatory agencies in the sector very difficult. Such institutions also default in taxes. They do not keep to the rules of the game. They have no admission quota; they run unaccredited courses with practically no standards. Their products are half-baked and unemployable,” the Minister stated.