Online degrees obtained from any foreign tertiary institution have been rendered obsolete as the Management of the National Universities Commission (NUC) on Thursday revealed that certificates from the internet cannot be used as a means of seeking employment or doing other legitimate business in the country.
Director, Information and Public Relations, NUC, Ibrahim Usman Yakasai, who gave the clarification in Abuja, also warned Nigerians against patronizing online universities most of which offer academic programmes without physical contact with their students.
According to Yakasai, the constitution does not support the move by students to seek cheap means of acquiring qualifications.
His words: “Nigeria will not recognize online degrees. Online degrees are not accepted in Nigeria at the moment, the Nigerian constitution does not even give recognition to such degrees”.
Furthermore, he also took a swipe on Maryam Abacha American University, situated in Niger Republic, stating that the Commission has been inundated with enquiries from some Nigerian students who had been offered admission in the university.
He disclosed that the concerned students were offered admissions on part-time 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 explained.
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 Ghana National Accreditation Board (NAB) has banned 53 tertiary institutions in Ghana some of which Nigerian students run to from advertising and admitting students due to lack of qualification, Yakasai noted that all countries are at liberty to accept or reject certificates from any foreign university they felt is operating below their 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 said.