The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board , Prof. Is – haq Oloyede , on Monday said some private universities were aiding academic corruption and decadence in the country.
Oloyede spoke in Abuja at the opening ceremony of a two -day summit on Nigerian private universities, themed , “ Private University Education Delivery in Nigeria ; Challenges and Opportunities , ” organised by the National Universities Commission.
He said , “ The government opened up the space a few years ago for private operators to come and complement government ’ s efforts at providing university education to Nigerians, but it seems like the aim is gradually being defeated .
“ When you visit some private universities, you will be ashamed for Nigeria.
From the structures , you will know that something is wrong . If you take a deeper look , you will discover more decadence and rot in their operations .
Some of the proprietors choose to run the universities like a family business and it ought not to be so . ”
In his remarks, the NUC Executive Secretary , Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said the commission was currently processing about 303 new applications for the establishment of new private universities in the country.
“ Also , 208 out of the 303 applications are already on Step 3 in the processing of their applications, while 63 applicants are in Step 6 , having submitted their completed application forms and strategic documents and are awaiting the first verification visit , ” Rasheed added .
Meanwhile , JAMB said it had suspended 49 Computer – Based Test centres for various irregularities in the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination .
This is just as 649 , 922 candidates had yet to take their exams as of Monday , which was supposed to be the last day of the 2019 UTME .
The board , which disclosed this on Monday in a bulletin obtained from the office of the JAMB Registrar , noted that over 50 impersonators were also arrested by security operatives , some of who connived with the proprietors of the CBT centres to engage in malpractices .
Our correspondent gathered that the candidates who had yet to sit for their UTME due to technical issues were being sorted out by JAMB .
The breakdown of suspended centres shows that five centres were suspended in Abia State and another four in Anambra State for technical deficiencies and inadequate number of computers .
One CBT centre was suspended in Bayelsa , three in Borno, two in Cross River and one in Akwa – Ibom for inadequate preparations.
Ten centres were suspended in the Federal Capital Territory ; one in Plateau State , two in Lagos , four in Edo State, six in Nasarawa State , two in Oyo State and one each in Ogun , Ondo , Osun , Benue , Delta , Ebonyi , Ekiti and Rivers states .
The board said , “A total of 1 , 886 , 238 UTME candidates are expected to take the examination nationwide and 1 , 236 , 316 candidates have so far taken their UTME .
The board has also uncovered a group of professional examination writers who take the exams for prospective candidates for a fee . ”