Management of the National Universities Commission (NUC), on Thursday, said degrees obtained online by Nigerians from any foreign tertiary institution would not be accepted as a means of seeking employment or doing other legitimate business with governments in the country.
The agency, therefore warned Nigerians against patronising such online institutions, most of which offer academic programmes without physical contact with their students.
NUC also discredited all part-time cross-boarder courses in Nigeria.
Director, Information and Public Relations, NUC, Ibrahim Usman Yakasai, made the clarification in Abuja, against the backdrop of some foreign universities that allegedly advertise for and admit students from Nigeria.
He said the nation’s constitution has no backing or recognition for such degrees obtained online, insisting that students look for cheap means of acquiring qualifications.
His words, “Nigeria will not recognise online degrees. Online degrees are not accepted in Nigeria at the moment,the Nigerian constitution does not even give recognition to such degrees”.
He also took a swipe at the Maryam Abacha American University, situated in Niger Republic, over which the commission has been inundated with enquiries from some Nigerian students who have been offered admission by the institution.
He disclosed that the concerned students were offered part-time admissions with a graduation time of four semesters for programmes like Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science, Public Health among others.
“In Nigeria the duration for a full time degree programme is not less than three years for direct entry and at least six years for part-time, while professional programmes in Science, Engineering and Health Sciences, including Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science and Public Health are not offered on part-time basis in Nigeria,” he stressed.
Yakasai further lamented that the university admits Nigerian students who do not have the basic requirements to gain admission into the nation’s tertiary institutions, in addition to running courses such as Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science on part-time basis, which according to him is not acceptable.
While disclosing that the Ghana National Accreditation Board (NAB) has banned 53 tertiary institutions in her country, some of which Nigerian students run to, due to lack of qualification, Yakasai noted that all countries are at liberty to accept or reject certificates from any foreign university they feel is operating below acceptable standards.
“We wish to restate that as the only quality assurance agency for universities in Nigeria, the NUC is maintaining its stand that degrees from Maryam Abacha University will not be accepted in Nigeria,” he stressed.