NUC Seals 4-year Old Illegal University in Delta

  • School offered courses in nursing, medical sciences without equipment

Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba

In continuation of activities to stop the operation of unauthorized universities, the Nigeria University Commission (NUC) has sealed a university in Delta State which has allegedly been operating illegally for four years.

The NUC also arrested the fake institution’s Coordinator and support staff.

Officials of the commission in collaboration with men of the Independent Corrupt Practices and related offences Commission (ICPC) had on Thursday stormed the illegal university, which styled itself “World Mission University (West Africa)” with operational centre on the Old Sapele Road, Abraka, in the vicinity of the state-owned Delta State University (DELSU).

THISDAY learnt that before being shut down the university had been functioning as a satellite campus of a foreign university based in the United State of America (USA) with its African zonal headquarters in South Africa and ran scholarship admission for a four-year (2-year) degree programme and six months Diploma courses in various disciplines.

The courses offered included Nursing, Public health, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering, Management and Administration, Mass Communication, Political Science, Industrial Safety, Web designing, Computer networking, Computer Engineering and Vocational Studies.

The institution had an enrollment figure of 84 students who are said to have been taught by “volunteer-lecturers” while its first graduation ceremony was slated for August this year.

One of the rooms used in the “university building” was being used for the training of nurses and other Medical Science students without the necessary equipment, the NUC discovered.

However, following a rigorous interrogation of the Coordinator, Mrs Hannah Lucky, the NUC team carted away files, handbills, desktop computers, laptops, admission forms and other official documents relating to the university operations.