Prof. Julius Okojie, Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC) on Wednesday disclosed that the commission is sanitizing all universities in the country.
He disclosed this in Abuja when the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru Senior Executive Course 37, 2015 study group five visited the commission.
Okojie said though there are poor universities everywhere across the world, Nigeria through NUC is taking a drastic step as a regulatory body not to fail in its activities.
To also monitor standard, the NUC boss urged university authorities to report to the commission when Vice Chancellors are appointed.
The Act of NUC of 2004 Cap 3 and 8, Okojie said, is being reviewed to further enhance the closure of institutions.
His words: “We need the rebranding of the Nigeria university system. NUC is short of staff to monitor all the universities in the country. In my days, a lecturer changed marks and we dismissed him, but now such is hardly done.
“Universities must be up and doing. There are poor universities everywhere in the world even in the United States of America (USA), but we are doing our best to sanitize all universities in Nigeria.
“Nigeria must get to the level where we can compete globally. During the era of former minister of Education Oby Ezekwesili, we drew a list of Vice Chancellors (VC) that can be appointed to various universities, but now that is no more in place. The universities do not report to us when VCs are appointed.
“The Act of NUC of 2004 Cap 3 and 8, is right now being reviewed on how we can close institutions among other steps. We must have that law to operate effectively.”
Prof. Celestine Bassey, Director of Studies and leader of NIPPS delegation, said government through NUC needs to do a lot about the poor level of university system in Nigeria
Bassey said the group has gone round some universities in the country and that the level of infrastructural and intellectual development is bad.
He said the good old days where Nigerian universities are turning out best brains are no more.
Bassey said the era should be brought back and sustained.