Menu Close

NUC sacks staff over academic fraud

NUC Headquarters, Abuja

Isola Moses

The National Universities Commission (NUC), Abuja, FCT, Nigeria, has dismissed one of its staff over academic corruption during accreditation programme of the country’s universities.

Agency report says Prof. Rasheed, Executive Secretary, NUC, disclosed this Monday, December 23, 2019, during an interactive session with journalists.

He said that accreditation exercise must entail a due process to ensure quality assurance in the ivory towers across the country.

“We are constrained to keep repeating the known fact that the process of accreditation entails a peer review process where only professors drawn from the Nigerian universities system and not NUC are used as panelists.

“The only one NUC staff serves as secretary and administrative backup with no statutory powers to influence the outcomes of any accreditation exercise,” he said.

He added that a panel of 1,602 consisting of three professors was usually constituted and selected all over Nigeria to conduct accreditation.

On the news of fake professors in the system, Rasheed said the Commission recently verified and published a full directory of professors in the university system in Nigeria.

He explained that in the process of validating the submissions, the university senate had in some cases uncovered that quite a number of professors were either fake or yet to mature.

He, therefore, noted that only the university senate has the right and power to promote a lecturer to a professor, saying that institutions such as the French Village, National Mathematical Centre, and the like do not have the power to make any person a lecturer.

Kindly Share This Story


Kindly share this story