Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), accused the proprietors of Private Universities in Nigeria by saying they aid academic corruption and decadence in the country.
He said that private university operators violate several laws guiding university operations in Nigeria, particularly admissions and academic work.
Prof. Oloyede made this known in Abuja during the opening ceremony of a two-day summit on Nigerian Private Universities organized by the National Universities Commission (NUC), with the theme “Private University Education Delivery in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities”.
Proprietors and Vice Chancellors from across seventy-nine Private Universities in Nigeria and other stakeholders participated in the two-day summit.
“Government opened up the space few years ago for private operators to come complement government effort in providing university education to Nigerians, but is 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 operation.
“Some of the proprietors choose to run the universities like a family business and it ought not to be so,” he stated.
The Registrar reminded the proprietors that only the VC is recognized by law as being in charge of the day-to-day running of the university, while every other person with ceremonial titles play supportive roles.
Prof Oloyede challenged the university owners to use the opportunity of the summit to exchange knowledge, ideas, expertise so they could collectively assist government provide quality and affordable university education to Nigerians.
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