The National Universities Commission (NUC) has dismissed and described as fake recent ratings of Nigerian universities attributed to the commission.
The Executive Secretary of the NUC, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, made this known while speaking with journalists in Abuja on Monday after he appeared before the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to defend the 2018 budget proposed by the commission.
Professor Rasheed stated that the NUC has not rated tertiary institutions in the country for “many years,” describing recent ratings allegedly by the commission as fake.
To this effect, the NUC has set up a committee to among other ends, come up with advice on the ranking of Nigerian universities.
“This committee has started working and it is under the chairmanship of Prof. Peter Okebukola, former Executive Secretary of NUC; with Prof. Attahiru Jega, former Vice-Chancellor and former Chairman of INEC, among others, as members,” the NUC scribe stated.
He went further to state that in the next six weeks, the NUC is expecting to receive the first report which, among other things, will help advise the commission on the best way to carry out proposed curricular review in the county and to advise on the ranking of universities.
“We always wake up every morning and see on the social media that the NUC has ranked (universities). The NUC has not ranked any university in several years. We have not done it, but people just sit down to create it,” he said.