Authorities of the private universities whose operational licences were on Wednesday suspended by the National Universities Commission have expressed shock, disappointment and embarrassment over the NUC announcement.
The institutions said the NUC neither informed them of any form of wrongdoing, nor sent notice before making its decision public on Wednesday, adding that they learnt of the suspension for the first time in the media.
In a telephone interview with one of our correspondents on Thursday, the Registrar of Madonna University, Mr. Theophilus Ugwoke, said the NUC announcement was a big surprise and an embarrassment.
He said, “The point is that it is a big surprise to us. The university is not being mismanaged by anybody. Our transcripts and certificates are issued promptly. Everybody knows that issuance of transcript is based on request and that is what we have been doing. We also release our results promptly.
“We do not have any unapproved course and all our programmes are duly accredited by the NUC. As at today, all our programmes are approved. We operate from three campuses and all the campuses are conducive for learning, so the whole announcement is a big embarrassment to us.’’
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He said the university would find out what it had done wrong from the NUC before taking any decision on the issue. “We want to find out where we went wrong, until we clear from them, we won’t take any decision,’’ he added.
Though the Achievers University declined giving a position on the issue, claiming that the Governing Council was yet to meet, sources close to the institution said the university was not informed of any form of wrongdoing by the NUC.
The source said the university learnt of the suspension for the first time in the media.
Also, the Director of Communication, Lead City University, Dr. Ayo Owolabi, said the NUC did not inform the institution of any wrongdoing.
He said the action of the regulatory body was also in contempt of the court as an earlier judgment obtained by the institution against the NUC had ordered it not to interrupt the activities of the university.
He alleged that the action of the NUC was calculated to embarrass the university and “de-market” the institution. He accused the NUC leadership of bias against the institution.
A 200 level Computer Engineering students, Friday Igbologe, said, “It’s really quiet here because our students are not really violent. There would have been a protest, but the school management and our lecturers were able to avert it by calming the students; by telling them that the university only needs to fix one or two things and the licence would be restored.”