Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) say some private universities were aiding academic corruption and decadence in the country.
The JAMB registrar made this assertion during the opening ceremony of a two-day summit on Nigerian private universities in Abuja on Monday.
The ceremony was organised by the National Universities Commission with the theme, “Private University education Delivery in Nigeria; Challenges and Opportunities
Speaking during the ceremony, Prof. Oloyede noted that the government opened up the space a few years ago in order to complement the government’s effort.
He added that some proprietors of the institutions choose to run the university like a family business and it ought not to be so.
In his words; “The government opened up the space a few years ago for private operators to come and complement government’s efforts at providing university education to Nigerians, but it seems like the aim is gradually being defeated.
“When you visit some private universities, you will be ashamed for Nigeria. From the structures, you will know that something is wrong. If you take a deep look, you will discover more decadence and rot in their operations. Some of the proprietors choose to run the universities like a family business and it ought not to be so,” he added.
Also speaking, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed said the commission was currently processing about 303 new applications for the establishment of private universities in the country.
He said; “Also, 2018 out of 303 application are already on step 3 in the processing of their applications while 63 applicants are in step 6, having submitted their completed application forms and strategic documents and are awaiting the first verification visit.”