NUC conducts forensic survey on Achievers University

08:56 14/08/2012 Ondo  -The National Universities Commission (NUC) has commenced a forensic survey of the Achievers University, Owo, Ondo State, having lifted the suspension of the university’s operational license in July 2012.

The leader of the survey team, Prof. Mohammed Dukku said that the Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, had directed the team to carry out the survey.

The directive was given following some of the actions taken by the university authorities to effect the lifting of the suspension order on its operational license by the NUC.

The university authorities, according to the commission had agreed to stop its ``bridge programme'' pending the clearance with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.

The NUC said in a letter written to the university that it was satisfied with the actions so far taken by the university and the assurances given by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Adebayo Odebiyi, the Board Of Trustees (BOT) during interactions and subsequent verification of documents.

``Consequently, I am directed to inform the Vice-Chancellor that the suspension of operational license of Achievers University, Owo has been lifted with effect from July 17, 2012.

``The Commission would, however, continue to monitor the implementation of the agreed actions,’’ the NUC stated in a letter.

The inspection team also conducted inspection on the university lecture rooms, halls, offices, ITC laboratory, e-library, students hostels and some on-going projects of  the institution.

The NUC team was also mandated to examine the university's admission process to ensure strict compliance with extant regulations, the student grading system in place, and ascertain the status of academic programme offered, among  others.

The vice-chancellor told NAN that the “bridge programme’’ which the NUC directed the institution to suspend was its Higher National Diploma (HND), Bachelors of Science (BSC) Linkage Programme holding in designated centres.

Odebiyi said the programme was put in place to afford HND holders the opportunity to obtain a degree in two years, stressing that about 300 people were on for the programme.