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Online Degrees Not Acceptable In Nigeria – NUC

Posted: Jul 23, 2015 at 5:20 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

*Condemns Maryam Abacha University

By Innocent Oweh, Abuja

Management of the National Universities Commission (NUC) on Thursday, said degrees obtained online by Nigerians from any foreign tertiary institution would not be accepted as a means of seeking employment or doing other legitimate business in the country.

The agency, therefore, warned Nigerians against patronising online universities most of which offer academic programmes without physical contact with their students.

NUC also discredited all part-time cross boarder education in Nigeria.

Director, Information and Public Relations, NUC, Ibrahim Usman Yakasai, who gave the clarification in Abuja, against the backdrop of some foreign universities who allegedly advertise and admit students from Nigeria.

He said the Nigerian Constitution has no backing or recognition for such degrees obtained online, insisting that students look for cheap means of acquiring qualifications.

His words: “Nigeria will not recognize online degrees. Online degrees are not accepted in Nigeria at the moment, the Nigerian constitution does not even give recognition to such degrees”.

He also took a swipe on Maryam Abacha American University, situated in Niger Republic, stating that the Commission has been inundated with enquiries from some Nigerian students who had been offered admission in the university.

He disclosed that the concerned students were offered admissions on part-time with a graduation time of four semesters for programmes like Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science, Public Health, among others.

“In Nigeria the duration for a full time degree programme is not less than three years for direct entry and at least six years for part-time, while professional programmes in Science, Engineering and Health Sciences including Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science and Public Health are not offered on part-time basis in Nigeria,” he explained.

Yakasai further lamented that the university admits Nigerian students who do not have the basic requirements to gain admission into the nation’s tertiary institutions in addition to running courses such as Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science on part-time basis which according to him is not acceptable.

While disclosing that  Ghana National Accreditation Board (NAB) has banned 53 tertiary institutions in Ghana some of which Nigerian students run to from advertising and admitting students due to lack of qualification, Yakasai noted that all countries are at liberty to accept or reject certificates from any foreign university they felt is operating below their acceptable standards.

“We wish to restate that as the only quality assurance agency for universities in Nigeria, the NUC is maintaining its stand that degrees from Maryam Abacha University will not be accepted in Nigeria,” he said.