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Okojie Expresses Concern Over Fees Charged By Private Universities

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The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Julius OKojie, has expressed concern over high tuition fees charged by private universities.

Speaking on Thursday in Abuja at the presentation of full Operational Licences to nine private universities earlier granted provisional licences in 2007, 2009 and 2011, Okojie noted that the issue of tuition in private universities depended on the market demand, quality and facilities therein.

“Some private universities charge up to N1 million but it is a market of demand and supply situation; if fees scare students away, it affects the institution.

“If you go to American University, Yola, not only do they provide computers and some other extra things, they take students on tours; there are additional costs not just for the teaching alone.

“It depends on where you want your child to go to. If a private university does not have a good programme and charges high fees, nobody will come; it is a market demand situation.

“We also advise them not to charge astronomical fees, but some grant waivers to indigent students and offer scholarships,” he said.

According to him, the universities granted full licences on Thursday were considered due to their performance and growth within the guidelines stipulated by the commission.

“After three years, we go for accreditation on staff quality and distribution.

“If all the staff members are grade one lecturers, they will not make it; some should be professors; other mid-career and then the bottom.

“Then, governance structure, do they have a council that is running? What is the quality of staff and number and then general environment.

“Are they having crisis? Are they on a permanent structure? what is their relationship with the host environment?, among others,” Okojie explained.

11 other private universities that got provisional licences at the same period with the ones getting full licences were given two-year extension to meet the full accreditation requirements. Okojie said it was because they had yet to meet the basic criteria.

According to him, they have not done well in their accreditation and they are weak in their programmes. He explained that NUC conducts three types of accreditation — full, interim and denied.

“If you have interim in all your programmes after three years, it means you are not doing well.

“Half of your programmes should be full; if you have two or three denied, we will not give you full licence.

“They have to look at their programmes and staff strength; if it is facilities, let them build; two years is enough,” he said.

NAN reports that the nine private universities that got full licences were Caleb University, Lagos, Salem University, Lokoja, Veritas University, Abuja, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti and Nigerian Turkish Nile University, Abuja.

Others are Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Fountain University, Osogbo, Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State and Western Delta University, Oghara, Delta State.

Some of the universities that got two-year extension were Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State, Rhema University, Aba, Abia; Oduduwa University, Ile-ife and Baze University, Abuja.

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BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Appoints Olaleye As LASPOTECH Rector

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BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Appoints Olaleye As LASPOTECH Rector

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appointed Dr. Oluremi Nurudeen Olaleye as the new Rector of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH).

The appointment was announced in a statement from the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education and signed by Omolase Yejide, Head Public Affairs on Monday.

Also Read: Sanwo-Olu Moves To Scrap Pension For Ex-Lagos Governors, Deputies

Mr. Olaleye was earlier interviewed by the Institution’s Governing Council and subsequently recommended.

He is to serve five years single tenure will take effect from 1st December 2020 at the expiration of the tenure of the Acting Rector, Mr. Olumide Olusola Metilelu.

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Exemption Of ASUU From IPPIS Temporary — Ngige

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Exemption Of ASUU From IPPIS Temporary —Ngige

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Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said that the Federal Government’s proposal to exempt members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) is a temporary measure.

He explained on Saturday that this measure was pending the conclusion of the integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

Ngige who clarified the position of the government team during Friday’s negotiation with ASUU said that it was not true that the government had abandoned IPPIS or that ASUU should not be on IPPIS.

Also Read: “Negotiation with FG yielded good result” – ASUU raises hope of resumption after recent meeting

“I think it is better because a lot of people are quoting us out of context saying that we abandoned the IPPIS and that we said they should not be on IPPIS, it is not true.

“What we said in the meeting and what we agreed was that in the interim for the transition period that UTAS is being tested by NITDA and the Office of National Security Adviser for cybersecurity. For those transition period, ASUU members that are not yet on IPPIS will be paid through the platform with which they were paid the President’s compassionate COVID-19 payment done to them between the months of February and June.

“That platform is a hybrid platform between IPPIS and MINPSI platform for the transition period. That was what was used, it’s a hybrid.”

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Osun Assures Indigenes Of Job Security After LAUTECH Transfer

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Osun Assures Indigenes Of Job Security After LAUTECH Transfer

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Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola has assured indigenes of the State that the ceding of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, to Oyo State.

This was confirmed in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode.

The state government assured that there will be no intimidation or discrimination against them in the discharge of their duties.

Also Read: “Negotiation with FG yielded good result” – ASUU raises hope of resumption after recent meeting

“All workers of Osun extraction either in the College of Health Sciences and LAUTECH ceded to Osun or those in Ogbomoso are assured of job security. There will be no intimidation or discrimination against them in the discharge of their duties,” the statement partly read.

“The agreement states that indigenes of Oyo and Osun State working in either of the two entities will retain all their rights and obligations stipulated in their letters of engagements, therefore the State Government of Osun wishes to inform citizens that there is no need to fret about the dissolution, as all workers of Osun extraction are assured of the security of their jobs.”

 

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