The National Universities Commission (NUC) has warned that degrees obtained from Maryam Abacha American University of Niger Republic (MAAUN) are sub-standard and will not be accepted in Nigeria.
The NUC Director of Information and Public Relations, Malam Ibrahim
Yakasai, handed down the warning while briefing newsmen on Thursday in
According to him, NUC has been inundated with inquiries from some
Nigerian students who have been offered admission in MAAUN on part time
with a graduation time of four semesters.
He listed some of the programmes as Nursing , Medical Laboratory Science, Public Health, among others.
He explained that ``in Nigeria, the duration for a full-time degree
programme is not less than three years for direct entry and at least six
years for part-time.
``Professional programmes in Science, Engineering and Health
Sciences-Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science and Public Health are not
offered on part-time basis in Nigeria.
``More so, their graduation time is far less than the graduation time
in Nigeria-they admit students with HND on direct entry and they give
them two years to do a degree in Nursing or Health Sciences.
``We wish to restate that as the only Quality Assurance Agency for
universities in Nigeria, NUC is maintaining its stand that degrees from
MAAUN will not be accepted in Nigeria.’’
Yakasai said that the university admitted students who ordinarily would not get admission in any Nigerian tertiary institution.
He expressed displeasure that rather than addressing the issues
raised by NUC, MAAUN resorted to campaign of calumny against the
The NUC spokesman advised parents to always crosscheck with the commission before sending their wards to foreign institutions.
On his part, the NUC Director of Academic Standards, Dr Gidado kumo,
urged students to be wary of Houdegbe North American University,
Cotonou, Benin Republic.
According to him, Houdegbe is one of the controversial universities
that have been having issues with NUC in the last four years.
He said that the institution was once operating in Badagry and Kano
and then relocated to Jos; but was recently running Bachelors Degree in
Public Health in Gombe State.
``We have made it very clear that any degree obtained in Houdegbe North University within the shores of Nigeria is not accepted.
``In Feburay 2015, we had cause to request for a joint assessment visit to the university with the Council for Legal Education.
``At the moment, the institution has been graduating over 600
students from its law faculty whereas in Nigeria, the highest output
from any law faculty is about 200.
``We requested a joint accreditation visit but we were flatly refused by Houdegbe North American University.
`` So, our decision is that no law graduate of Houdegbe University
will be moblised for the BL programme with the Council for Legal
However, Gidado said that any degree obtained in Houdebge North
University within Benin Republic was acceptable if it met appropriate
He listed the conditions as `` the degree programme must be full
time, fully residential and evidence of residence permit at the time of
programme must be available at the time of graduation.’’