FG orders specialised varsities to stop offering other courses

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The Federal Government has ordered specialised institutions such as universities of agriculture and technology to stop running programmes outside their mandates.

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The directive was made known in a statement the Head of Media, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Dr. Fabian Benjamin released on Sunday.

Dr. Benjamin said Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu has directed JAMB to delete all courses run by specialised universities outside their mandates, saying ‘these institutions have derailed’ from their statutory responsibility by running programmes that are antithetical to their mandates.

The statement read further, “Government note 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 course to read for instance banking engineering, accounting technology among other names. This is an aberration and should be stopped with immediate effect.”

Affected by the directive are specialised Universities in the fields of Education, Engineering and Technology, Management Science and Health Science/Technology such as Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Federal University of Technology, Minna, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, and Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun among others.

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