House Probes Alleged Corruption in Accreditation of Universities

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A cross section of members during plenary

Adedayo Akinwale ín Abuja

The House of Representatives has ordered investigation into the allegations of corruption in the National Universities Commission (NUC) during its accreditation of universities.

It, therefore, mandated the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to investigate the allegations and report back within six weeks for further legislative action.

The resolution of the House followed the adoption of a motion moved by Hon. Sam Onwuaso at the plenary yesterday.

While moving the motion, he said that NUC accreditation system has been used, over the years, to maintain and monitor quality and high academic standards in Nigerian universities, stressing that the NUC uses this process to evaluate academic programmes every five years.

Onwuaso said that in the course of carrying out its mandate, the NUC accreditation teams undertake on-the -spot assessment of facilities, lecture halls, quality of academic content, laboratories, among others to ensure that the universities meet up with the required standards to run such academic programmes in order to determine whether to revoke, withhold or grant accreditation.

He however expressed worry by allegations of intimidation and extortion of huge sums of money from universities in order for their programmes to be accredited.