AN interlude appeared to have emerged from the continual but rather needless brickbats, between the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Lead City University based in Ibadan, Oyo State.
There were strong indications that the two contending foes recently assembled their respective teams at the negotiation table, to find a possible common ground on all the major areas of conflict. Besides, a forensic audit team, made up of five Professors, resumed at the University last Monday and is expected to complete its investigation tomorrow.
But why should there be a problem in the first place?
It is a fact that the NUC is the government agency vested with the authority to regulate the activities of all Universities in the country. The powers are comprehensive and precise. They have been designed to check academic fraud, indiscipline in the ivory tower, recklessness of the university administrators and all forms of unethical practices. If the commission chooses to enforce all the laws it has the authority to, many Universities will be in trouble.
It is also a fact that the privately owned Lead City University was granted approval by the Federal Government, through the recommendation of the NUC, to begin academic activities in June 2005. Known then as the “City University,” the approval letter, dated June 3, 2005 and singed by the former Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Peter Okebukola listed nine conditions which the institution must comply with, in the course of its intended activities.
The first condition stipulated that the university would have three colleges at maturity, which are to be established in phases: They include, Management Sciences, Information and Technology and Humanities. The second: the start-up colleges are to comprise the colleges of Management Sciences, Information and Communication Technology and some departments in the college of Humanities. The left-over departments were slated for the
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