Nigerian Specialized Universities Banned from Offering Unauthorized Courses


Specialized universities such as universities of agriculture and technology have been directed by the Federal Government to stop running programmes outside their mandates with immediate effect.

Government further directed that such universities should stick to their core mandates for which they were set up and desist from running programmes which have no bearing to their names and foundation.

Specialized Universities are those institutions set up to pursue specific courses and programmes to generate manpower in particular sectors of the economy.

Some of these specialized institutions include Universities such as Universities of Agriculture, Universities of Technologies, Universities of Medicine, amongst others.

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Government described the situation where Universities of Agriculture offer programmes in Law and Management courses such as Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business Administration, among others, as unfortunate, adding that it is an aberration for some institutions to change the nomenclature of some of their courses to read, for instance, Banking Engineering , and Accounting Technology.

Reduce Cut-off Mark

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB’s Head of Media, Dr. Fabian Benjamin made this known in a statement, disclosing that the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu has directed the board to delete all courses run by specialized universities outside their mandates.

The Minister advised all candidates desirous of sitting for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination not to be hoodwinked into such programmes as they are illegal and are not provided for in JAMB brochure.

The Federal Government’s statement reads;

“The Federal government has observed that these specialized institutions have derailed from their statutory responsibilities, thereby running programmes that are antithetical to their mandates.

The government notes the unfortunate situation were Universities of Agriculture offer programmes in Law, Management courses such as Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business Administration, among others .

As if that was not enough, some institutions change the nomenclature of some of the courses to read for instance Banking Engineering, Accounting Technology, among other names. This is an aberration and should be stopped with immediate effect.”

Furthermore, JAMB said the board had not commenced the sales of the 2017 UTME application documents due to its desire to reduce to the barest minimum challenges associated with the conduct of the board’s examination.

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The board urged candidates to exercise patience as it is putting final preparations towards commencing the sales and assured that admissions will be conducted within the stipulated dateline.