Nigerian universities commission discovers fake professors

by Akeem Alao

No fewer than 100 fake professors have been discovered by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

While disclosing this at the 2019 retreats for Vice-Chancellors, the Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, commended the Vice Chancellors for their cooperation with the NUC Strategy Advisory Committee (STRADVCOM).

The NUC boss stated that the updated version of university professors’ data would be published by December 2019.

He therefore encouraged the vice-chancellors to keep accurate statistics of staff, students and other components in their respective universities.

He stressed that the fight against fake professors should be a collective responsibility.

The executive secretary informed the Vice-Chancellors of a recent meeting held with the Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) where the latter complained that some Corp members’ degree certificates purportedly obtained from some prestigious universities were questionable.

He advised that as institutions, Vice Chancellors should always be mindful of the way they sign and issue certificates to students especially those of affiliate institutions under their purview.

Prof Rasheed also clarified that lecturers were not permitted to teach in more than two universities, while minimum teaching for eight hours should be enforced and the practice where lecturers move from three to four universities must stop.

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