Mr. Chris Maiyaki, the Acting Executive Secretary of NUC, highlighted this issue during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Maiyaki stressed that unaccredited degree-awarding institutions and satellite campuses are banned in the country.
He urged parents to thoroughly scrutinize institutions before sending their children to acquire certificates, cautioning against falling victim to fraudulent entities with commercial motives.
“The challenge of access, the huge gap between supply and demand makes parents desperate about getting university education for their children and this makes them vulnerable to greedy and fraudulent persons with commercial undertone,” he explained.
Maiyaki disclosed that a committee had been established to eradicate illegal institutions across the country.
He emphasized that satellite campuses remain banned and outlawed, citing a previous ban on them in 2000 by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
The NUC shut down such centers, and efforts to combat illegal universities involve multi-stakeholder collaboration, including security agencies.
“We established a committee on the closure of illegal universities and we mandated it to identify, locate, and prosecute those perpetrating illegalities, and we also do this in a multi-stakeholder collaboration involving security agencies,” Maiyaki added.
He further noted that a committee reconstituted in 2021 has achieved significant success in identifying and prosecuting operators of illegal institutions.