THE National Universities Commission (NUC) has threatened to close down all state-owned universities without governing councils.

Executive Secretary of NUC, ProfessorJulius Okojie, handed down the warning on Thursday at an interactive session with management of Northwest University, Kano, on a courtesy visit by the university in Abuja.

Okojie has, therefore, directed all vice chancellors of universities in Nigeria whose governing councils are yet to be constituted to liaise with their visitors as soon as possible.

He emphasised the need for strong governance structure in university system, stressing that “any state university without a governing council will be shut down.”

Professor Okojie also warned the Northwest University vice chancellor against running programmes that are not accredited by the commission.

He advised the management of the university to run only programmes it has capacity to manage effectively while paying close attention to the relevance of such programmes.

The NUC boss who also spoke on the alleged plan to scrap the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), saying instead of scrapping, JAMB would be repositioned for more effective services.

He, therefore, warned against illegal admissions, stressing that JAMB remained the only recognised body for admission of candidates into universities in the country.

Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Mohammed Razali Bin Agus, said the university commencedacademic activities with initial enrolment of 1,100 students and with four faculties.

Source: tribune

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