The National Universities Commission (NUC) has attributed the surge in illegal degree-awarding institutions across the country to the increasing demand for university certification by parents.
Mr. Chris Maiyaki, the Acting Executive Secretary of NUC, raised concerns over the proliferation of unaccredited institutions and satellite campuses, urging parents to exercise caution in choosing educational institutions for their children.
“Everybody is right to pursue university education but how you go about it is the crux of the matter.
“The challenge of access, the huge gap between supply and demand makes parents desperate about getting university education for their children and this makes them vulnerable to greedy and fraudulent persons with commercial undertone,” he said.
In an interview with Vanguard on Sunday, Maiyaki emphasized the need for parents to scrutinize institutions thoroughly before enrolling their wards.
He highlighted the desperation of parents to secure university education for their children due to the significant gap between demand and supply in the education sector.
“We establish a committee on the closure of illegal universities and we mandated it to identify, locate and prosecute those perpetrating illegalities and we also do this in a multi- stakeholders collaboration involving security agencies,” he said.