The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petition said the suspension of licences of six private universities by the National Universities Commission (NUC) would not affect academic programme of students.
The Chairman of the committee, Rep. Uzo Azubike, made this known at the opening of the public hearing in Abuja on Wednesday on the petition filed by Lead City University, Ibadan.
Azubike said that the committee had been assured on record that suspension of the licences of the six universities whether competent or not would not affect the continuation of the academic programmes in the institutions.
He said that according to NUC, the suspension of the operating licences would not affect students currently undergoing studies in approved programmes in these universities.
“The immediate implication of the suspension, therefore, is the cessation of admission of new entrants into each of the affected universities.
“Our worry is that with the level of insecurity in Nigeria, with the youth restiveness, with the terrorism, it may not be reasonable to push out this number of young people in to the streets.’’
“We are equally worried about it because this is an exercise that affect seven institutions, and the other one has willingly approached NUC to find ways of resolving the crisis.
“We hope that while academic programmes are ongoing, other issues can be ironed out gradually with time.’’
Azubike called on all affected universities and the NUC to settle their differences in order to move the education sector forward.