By Temitope Owotoki
The National Universities Commission (NUC) has uncovered three illegal degree-awarding universities in Nigeria.
The commission, in an advert signed by Ibrahim Yakassai, its Director of Public Affairs, and placed in some national newspapers on Wednesday, identified the universities as Nobel International Business School (NIBS) in Lagos State; Copperstone University, UPTA, USA, operating in Bayelsa State; and Pathfinder University, Jos (College of Theology and Development Studies).
The commission alerted the public to the illegal operations of the institutions. It said all certificates obtained from them will not be recognised or acceptable in Nigeria for the purposes of employment or further studies.
The commission said the proprietors and promoters of the illegal degree institutions must close down their illegal activities within 30 days.
The commission also directed the illegal institutions to submit their notice of compliance within the stated period or face the consequences of their illegal operation.
“For the avoidance of doubt, all the three institutions above are not known to the National Universities Commission which is the sole regulatory agency for all categories of degree-awarding institutions in Nigeria and any Cross Border education model operating in Nigeria,” the advert reads.
The details of the illegal institutions were given as:
1. Nobel International Business School (NIBS), Lagos published an advertorial in the Guardian newspaper of Monday, July 22, seeking applicants for Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and Doctor of Business Leadership (DBL).
It gave its address as 11B Fatai Arobikeke, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. It also claims to be in partnership with Swiss, Frankfort as MAN.
NUC stated that further investigations revealed that NIBS also claimed to be a university in Ghana and located at Plot 2 Arko close, off Nelson Mandela Avenue, near Food and Drugs Authority, Gulf House, South Legon.
2. Copperstone University, UPTA, USA operates in Bayelsa State at DEE-PEE Plans, Opposite Salvation Ministry, Azikiwe Junction, P.M.B 1841, Yenogoa, Bayelsa State.
NUC said it is in possession of the illegal university’s flyers and pamphlets seeking applicants for Masters of Science (MSc) or PhD in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation/Criminal Intelligent or Security Management Programme, 2019.
3.Pathfinder University, Jos, Nigeria, College of Theology and Development Studies is operating at No. 1Da Davon Dawah Street, Opp Zumji Event Centre Gate, Chongo-Pyeng, Sabon Event Centre Gate, Chongo- Pyeng, Sabon Barki B/stop, Bukuru Express Way, Jos South L.G.A, Plateau State Nigeria.
NUC said it is in possession of posters advertising the 4th Convocation Ceremony/induction into Doctorate Fellowships which purportedly took place on July 13 at the Berom Outreach Ministries along Yakubu Gowon Way beside Uma Bread, Sabon-Barki, Jos, Plateau State.
The commission said the poster contained the photograph of the Founder/Chancellor, Felix Obajafa.
NUC said the activities of universities violate the Education National Minimum Standards and Establishment of Institutions) Act Cap E3 2004, an Act which similarly mandates NUC to close down all unapproved degree-awarding institutions.
In 2018 the commission released the list of 58 illegal universities in Nigeria.