Maryam Abeeb, Abuja
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has revealed that there are 134 illegal and unapproved tertiary institutions across the country .
The Minister disclosed this while addressing pressmen at the fifth edition of the weekend ministerial press briefing held in Abuja.
Adamu noted that there are 66 illegal Universities and 68 unapproved Polytechnics, Monotechnics , specialized technical and Vocational institution in Nigeria.
The illegal Universities listed are University of Accountancy and Management Studies, University of Industry , Yaba, Lagos, Blacksmith University, Awka, Atlanta University, Anyigba, Kogi, UNESCO University, Ndoni , Rivers State, Bolta University College, Aba.
Also, Kingdom of Christ University, Abuja, Open International , Akure , Temple University, Abuja, National University of Nigeria, Keffi, Nassarawa state,.West Coast University , Umuahia, Volta University College, Aba , Abia State , among many others.
The Minister lamented that the continous proliferation of illegal Universities in Nigeria has become a source of embarrassment to the government of the Nation.
He attributed the recent upsurge in the number of illegal tertiary institutions to the greed, fraud and endemic corruption in our society.
He added that the problems of insufficient access for the large pool of qualified candidates that sir for the yearly Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination organised by Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board is also a factor.
He said that it has been discovered that part of the factor that makes the illegal Universities thrive is that they have no set standard for entry requirements, noting that admission into such outfits is available for anybody that can pay their fees.
“The phenomenon of illegal providers of tertiary education is more notorious in the University subsector of Tertiary education than the Polytechnics or college of education subsector. To this end , 66 illegal degree Mills have been identified by the National University Commission.
“It is also crucial to state that while some of the illegal providers are operating illegal institutions based in Nigeria , some are online in unapproved linkages and affiliation with substandard foreign institutions that have no accreditation it recognition of regulatory bodies either in Nigeria or their home countries.
Adamu explained that the profileration of the universities has made the job of regulatory agencies in the education sector difficult, noting that they also default in taxes and do not keep to the rules of the game.
He added that institutions have no admission quota , they run unaccredited courses with practically no standard and their products are unemployable.
The Minister charged the National Universities Commission(NUC), National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), and the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE) to work with relevant security agencies to immediately crackdown hard on illegal tertiary institutions within their jurisdictions.
He warned that the promoters of illegal tertiary institutions caught I the act will be severely punished.