NUC lifts ban on UNIABUJA distance learning programmes
The National Universities Commission (NUC) has lifted the ban on admission into the programmes of the University of Abuja Centre for Distance Learning and Continuing Education (CDL&CE) programmes following what it called “remarkable progress made by the Centre in addressing the short-comings that necessitated the ban”.
Executive Secretary of the Commission, Professor Julius Okojie, in a letter to the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Michael U.Adikwu, dated 12th October, 2015, said that the moratorium placed on admission into the University’s Centre had been lifted following a recommendation by a panel constituted by the Commission for an on-site assessment which concluded the exercise between second and fifth of September, 2015.
A press statement released to newsmen in Abuja over the weekend which was signed by the University’s Deputy Registrar, Information and Publications, Mr. waziri Garba, recalled that the University’s distance learning programme failed a revalidation assessment by the NUC in 2012 resulting in the ban on admission into the Centre’s courses for nearly two years.
The statement further stated that a post-revalidation visit in December 2014, however, which now resulted in the ban being lifted provisionally and only allowed the university to commence the process of admitting students while remedying outstanding deficiencies and awaiting the NUC’s final post-revalidation visit.
The NUC boss, Prof. Okojie, in his letter lifting the ban said that the Commission had now approved that “the moratorium on admission of students into the five (5) approved programmes be lifted and academic work may commence for 2015/2016 academic session.”
The five programmes approved to commence academic activities include B.Sc. degrees in Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Business Administration and Public Administration.