by Azubuike Azikiwe
Nine universities have been shut down by the National Universities Commission (NUC), for operating without legal licence.
The affected institutions have been published in the weekly bulletin of the NUC.
The publication was signed by the NUC’s executive secretary, Prof. Julius Okojie, stating that the universities which had been in existence for years, and have been used to extort money from innocent students who were giving fake certificates in return.
The universities are; National University of Nigeria, Keffi, Nasarawa State; North Central University, Otukpo, Benue State; Christ Alive Christian Seminary and University, Enugu; Richmond Open University, Arochukwu; Abia State and Saint Clements University, Iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State.
The rest are; West Coast University, Umuahia, Volta University College, Aba, Abia State and the satellite campuses of Ambrose Ali University.
The publication stated, “In addition to the closure, the following `Degree Mills’ are currently undergoing court actions; the purpose of these actions is to prosecute the proprietors and recover illegal fees and charges on subscribers.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, anybody who patronises or obtains any certificate from any of these illegal institutions does so at his or her own risk. Certificates obtained from these sources will not be recognised for the purposes of NYSC, employment and further studies,” it added.
The body also implored Nigerians to dissociate themselves from the institutions and their certificates.