THE National Universities Commission (NUC) has announced the withdrawal of licence for recognition granted The University of Education, Ikere-Ekiti (TUNEDIK) for the inability of the state government to meet up with the requirements for the establishment of the university.

NUC Executive Secretary, Professor Julius Okojie, in a letter to the state governor, Mr Segun Oni, copies of which were made available to newsmen in Abuja, said the decision to withdraw the licence followed the expiration of the ultimatum given to him to meet the conditions under which the recognition to operate as a degree awarding institution was given in January 2008.

Oni had, in a letter to the commission, dated August 11, 2010, in response to the ultimatum, said in the current circumstance, “it is not practically achievable to have an unencumbered use of the college of education premises for the university before the expiration of the August 15, 2010 ultimatum stipulated in your letter.”

He, however, pledged to ensure that everything was in place according to plans by the state government to create a citadel of learning for improvement of teacher education in Nigeria.

Thus, the commission had agreed with the request of the state government to distribute the students of the university to other universities, in order not to jeopardise their future.

Also, the NUC gave a two-week ultimatum to the Abia State University, Uturu, to discontinue the examination of students through Multiple Choice Questions (MSQs) as a major mode of examination, in contravention of the provisions of the minimum academic standards.

Okojie said the university must show evidence of compliance by September 2, 2010 or have its recognition withdrawn.

On Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, the NUC boss said the commission had watched developments on the attempts by the two owner- state governments to resolve the issues, saying, however, that “the commission observes that no appreciable progress has been made, as there is lack of governance structure to ensure conducive environment for teaching, learning and research.

“Consequently, the commission is giving the proprietors two weeks more to show evidence of proper governance structure, failure of which the recognition granted the institution could be withdrawn.”

Meanwhile, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Ekiti State chapter, has said the withdrawal of the license of TUNEDIK by the NUC has vindicated its opposition to the education policy of the state government.

The party, in a statement issued by the Director of Communications of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Yemi Adaramodu, on Wednesday, said “we are not surprised at the sordid but expected news of the revocation of the ill-conceived Ekiti State University of Education’s operating license by the NUC.”

But the state government, in a reaction by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mr Taiwo Olatunbosun, described the opposition party as “chronic enemies of the development of the state, who are masquerading as progressives in a bid to gain power through the back door and plunder the resources of the state.”

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  1. professor samuel Bamdele says:

    good for TUNEDIK….As the vc for USTI (university of science and technology ifaki ekiti) and an educationist …i support the step taken by NUC for not encouraging MUSHROOM UNIVERSITY IN EKITI STATE AND IN NIGERIA


  2. please give us some more time to meet up with your standard because we student have no where to go many of the student may fall in victims of bad gangs and be harmful to the nation


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