Varsities urged to comply with NUC guidelines
The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, (NUC), Prof Julius Okojie has called on Senates of Nigerian universities to ensure adequate compliance with all guidelines from NUC for the establishment of programmes and the establishment of department.
He said the days of running programmes in unapproved centres without qualified academics are gone.
“Departments and programmes should not be mounted as a means of creating empires for ourselves in the system. I have always warned my colleagues in the university that if we cannot regulate ourselves then we will leave our Senate to be regulated by politicians,” he added.
Delivering the 18th convocation lecture of the Lagos State University (LASU) entitled: Quality Assurance and the Challenges of Mandate Delivery in Nigerian Universities, Okojie said some of the challenges affecting the delivery of quality mandate in Nigeria include funding, which affects the quality of teaching, learning and research facilities. He said the quantity and quality of learning resources to be provided to make a conducive environment is dependent of the volume of financial resource made available to the institution.
Represented by Prof Adebisi Balogun, former VC of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Okojie said other problems are dilapidated physical infrastructure, inadequate manpower, student enrolment and access, leadership and governance.
Defining quality assurance as the policies, systems, strategies and resources used by the institution to certify that its quality requirement and standards are being met, he said the job of a QA agency is to see that standards processes and policies are in place and carried out.
Saying that some universities have developed their master plan and strategic plan with identified goals and action plan for 25 years, he asked if LASU has one.
For efficient service delivery, he said the NUC encourages universities to have a SERVICOM unit, continually develop a system that seeks to improve the provision of service with emphasis on future results, develop statistical tools to understand sub-systems, uncover problems and identify processes for further improvement, and set goals for the measurement of results that will prevent future failures.