The rate at which we churn out private universities in Nigeria is astronomical; one is left to decipher the fate of the existing public universities. Some private universities charge up to N1 million but it is a market of demand situation and supply; if fees scare students away, it affects the institution. If you go to American University, Yola, not only do they provide computers and some other extra things, they take students on tours; there are additional costs not just for the teaching alone. It depends on where you want your child to go to. If private university does not have good programmme and charges high fees, nobody will come; it is a market demand situation. We also advise them to charge astronomical fees, but some grant waivers t indigent students and offer scholarships.
According to him, the universities granted full licenses on Thursday were considered due to their performance and growth within the guidelines stipulated by the commission. After 3years, we go for staff quality and distribution. If all staff members are grade one lecturers, they will not make it; some should be professors, others mid career and then bottom. Then, governance structure, do they have a council that is running? What is the quality of staff and number, and then general environment? Are they having crisis? Are they on a permanent structure? What is their relationship with the host community? Among others, Okojie explained.
11 other private universities that got provisional licenses at the same period with the ones getting full licenses were given 2year extension to meet the full accreditation requirements. Okojie said it was because they had yet to meet the basic criteria. According to him, they had not done well in their accreditation and they are weak in their programmes. He explained that NUC conducts three types of accreditation requirements- full, interim and denied. If you have interim in all your programmes after three years, it means you are not doing well.
Half of your programme should be full; if you have 2 or 3 denied, we will not give you full license. They have to look at their programmes and staff strength; if its facilities let them build, 2years is enough he said. NAN reports that the 9 private universities that got full licenses were Caleb University, Lagos, Sale University, Lokoja, Veritas University, Abuja, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti and Nigerian Turkish Nile University, Abuja. Others are Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Fountain University, Osogbo, Adeleke University, Ede, Osun and Western Delta University, Oghara, Delta State. Some universities that got two-year extension were Landmark University, Kwara, Rhema University, Aba, Oduduwa University, Osun and Base University, Abuja.