The Vice-Chancellor of Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun State, Prof. Sola Fajana, has said that the swift compliance of the university with the National Universities Commission’s guidelines on part-term programmes led to the quick restoration of the operational licence of the institution last week.
NUC had suspended the varsity’s licence through a letter with ref. NUC/ES/259/vol.1/211 on July 6, 2012 for flouting its order on part-term and post-graduate degree programmes.
The NUC had accused authorities of JABU of running part-term programmes despite the ban and for also advertising post-graduate degree programmes which were yet to be approved.
But Fajana, at a news conference on Friday, explained that NUC’s action was a rude shock because it did not give any notice before suspending the institution’s licence.
He however said all the stakeholders were carried along to address the issues raised by NUC when the licence was suspended.
He said, “The suspension order did not catch us unaware because between March and April this year, we had converted our part-time programmes to full time status.
“We had asked the 3, 600 students on our part-term programme to obtain the direct entry forms from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board and we had reviewed the fees payable by them in line with their new status.
“At the moment, about 72 per cent of all the students affected by the NUC directives had been fully converted and integrated into the full time programme,” he added.
The VC clarified that the suspension of the varsity’s licence had nothing to do with any deficiency discovered either in terms of facilities or quality of its programmes as rumoured in some circles.
He said, “We were able to satisfy the NUC requirements after a series of meetings between the university and the commission, which eventually necessitated the restoration of our licence.
“The management of the university met with all stakeholders, including the board of trustees, governing council, parents and representatives of the entire students body to ensure that all stakeholders were carried along.
“Within the suspension period, there was a circulation of suppositions and speculative information emanating from several sources. I wish thus, to re-affirm that our noble JABU is duly equipped with standard infrastructure,” Fajana added.